Naeem Khan shines with sparkly gowns, star guests

CARYN ROUSSEAU Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Naeem Khan brought the bling to New York Fashion Week.

From the stars in the front row -- Matt Damon and Kristin Chenoweth -- to his sparkly gowns, Khan's runway show shined Tuesday as he debuted his fall collection under the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center.

Look after look, the beads and sequins on Khan's pieces reflected the runway lights. The designer made an entire suit from metallic silver beads. A long gown with a deep V-neck and open back glittered gold.

The collection's inspiration came from the dust and decadence of India, said the Indian-born Khan.

It included ostrich feathers, a sarong skirt and a caftan. Prints were swirly black and white.

"My prints were designed by dabbing white-out on black boards," Khan said in the show's notes. "This collection is a blend of various ancient artistic techniques used on both bodies and textiles, coming together in a vision fit for the 21st century."

There was so much beading that the audience in the front row could hear the pieces chiming against each other as the models walked.

"Every piece is so unique and interesting," said actress Ahna O'Reilly ("The Help"), who was in the front row wearing a short red dress with flowers embroidered on the bodice, which she said made her feel like she was "wearing a little piece of art."

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