19 January, 2021

Naeem Khan

The Smart Designer - 55 years | New York

AFP (From Outlook 17 June 2013)
Naeem Khan

When Michelle Obama turned up at the 2013 Oscar show in a dazzling silver gown by Naeem Khan, the Mumbai-born, New York-based fashion designer “freaked out”. It was a historic moment for him, no doubt, but in the 10 years of his label ‘Naeem Khan’, the sharply- dressed, bespectacled, affable designer has draped not only the US first lady but a string of other celebrities like Beyonce, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez and, closer home, Sonam Kapoor, Freida Pinto, Deepika Padukone.

Currently the “fashion darling” of the international media and toast of the fashion universe, he is India’s most visible fashion designer on the global front. And not for nothing. Khan has made his mark with an eye for classy embellished and embroidered dres­ses, striking metallic outfits, eye-catching silhouettes and dramatic couture gowns in classic hues.

You could say that Khan had it in his genes, given that both his grandfather and father were in the textile business in Mumbai. At 20, Khan moved to New York to study...



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