After meeting Director of Sales at Naeem Khan, Tim Quinn in Tulum during the Christmas season, he graciously invited me to my first Naeem Khan show at Lincoln Center. Of course, I immediately jumped at the offer. Although I have been attending NYFW for years I had heard about but never attended a famed Naeem Khan show. I have of course admired his POV and aesthetic for years, and even on one occasion wore one of the coveted dresses to a black tie affair in which I was bombarded all night with compliments and requests for the designer. As I reflect on the experience, and try to describe it, the word “heavy” comes to mind, heavy in beading, in style, in quality, in construction/technique, in weight, in elegance and after seeing his peers at the show yesterday, heavy in Mr Khan’s impeccable reputation in the business. Rare is it to hear of one who is so admired, so revered and so genuinely loved by his peers. As I sat in the audience hearing these lovely comments about Mr Khan and seeing how his peers responded to his creations was a true testament of the authenticity of this designer. This is reflected so beautifully in this opulent collection which echoed bits of old Spain and Byzantine Empire wrapped up in the 20’s and all made with the most luxurious textiles of the Ottoman Empire (not only in the beading details but the embroidery and the weight of the spectacular velvets that only a top quality textile can manage) Silhouettes ranged from voluminous ( my favorite piece the pant/skirt with the heavily beaded top below) to insanely impeccable draping and long body hugging column beaded dresses. My other favorite look was the heavily studded/ beaded dress, how did they manage to bead so heavily on this fragile, delicate fabric without ripping it from the weight??. And finished off with the perfect detail, the bow around the neck….pure genius I would say…… Mr. Khan has manged to take American classic sportswear creating an evening look tangled in a mysterious web of the most elegant sex and rock `n’ roll through plunging-neckline ball gowns, chic comfortable trousers and blouses, amazing coats and dusters, and effortless cocktail dresses. No wonder his label is carried in more than 200 stores, including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue and worn by every major style icon on the planet.