NYFW: Naeem Khan Spring/Summer 2018 is for the woman who 'wants to make a statement'
Nobody loves Naeem Khan quite like the former First Lady. Known as her go-to designer, Khan has dressed Obama in more than a dozen show-stopping gowns over the years -- and although she now has fewer formal galas on her agenda, we have a feeling she'll be clamoring for several pieces in his latest collection: The designer debuted his spring/summer 2018 on Tuesday at New York Fashion Week, and a packed house audibly gasped and applauded throughout the jaw-dropping production.
A woman in Naeem Khan "wants to be happy, she wants to feel confident," Khan told AOL ahead of the runway show. "She wants to make a statement. She wants to be a superstar. She's saying, 'I'm here. I'm beautiful and fantastic. Look how beautiful I look.'"
Those statements certainly came across in the collection, which featured tiers of fringe, sheer bodices and occasional pops of metallic tones. Models wore large hoops in their noses and large flowers in their hair, creating a strikingly bold, confident tone.
"Living in New York, you're so used to blacks and navys and brown," Khan said. "I think color is so important ... the easy route is just doing [neutrals]."
The pièce de résistance was a white bridal gown with a heavily fringed veil.
Although Khan has dressed countless A-list stars and influential women, including Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Kate Middleton, there's one powerful lady who won't be able to call a Naeem Khan piece her own: When asked if he'd had the opportunity to dress First Lady Melania Trump, Khan was quite blunt:
"I have no intention," he said curtly.