Naeem Khan is known for his elaborately beaded evening gowns and embroidered cocktail dresses, which have attracted an enthusiastic client base that includes first lady Michelle Obama. But for spring 2015, the designer has branched into a different fashion area.
Would you believe glittery track suits?
At New York Fashion Week in September, Khan opened his spring 2015 collection with several sporty looks, including black sequined track pants with a black-and-white sequined pullover and black georgette jogging pants banded at the ankles and paired with a floral beaded blouse. Other casual-yet-glam looks included cream-colored track pants with a pullover in a starburst pattern and a satin cheerleader skirt with a colorful beaded geometric pullover.
Although they're over-the-top for the gym, the new styles are made for running around town or entertaining at home in an attention-getting way.
"That's my new thing," Khan said backstage. "It's glamorous sportswear; it's comfortable. My clients are getting younger and younger, and they don't want to be totally ball gowned out. All the young actresses are wearing these things. I needed to get into that."
Even with this new sportier bent, Khan continues to offer lots of glamorous evening wear, including illusion lace gowns in lilac, place blue or yellow; a satin gown with a thigh-high slit and silver beaded bustier; slinky halter gowns in red, green and blue; and glittery jumpsuits in all green or all white.
But, he hints, you ain't seen nothing yet. "This is a launch of something very big that's going to happen in February because it's my 10th anniversary," he said. "I'm going to do something amazing."