Naeem Khan Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on February 21, 2013

Inspired by the Byzantine Empire and Erté’s illustrations from the twenties, Naeem Khan offered up opulence and luxury in a dazzling succession of capes, embroideries, crystal beading and MEGA-glamour. We wanted to urge all the ladystars sitting in the tent to make sure to pick at least one item for future wear, because this much gorgeousness deserves a spotlight on a red carpet somewhere.




[Photo Credit: Gettty]

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  • TO. DIE. I love everything here. Especially the first dress – blue velvet with gold embellishment. LOVE IT.

    • 3boysful

       Me, too!  I hope someone wears it to the Oscars.

      Shelly-O needs Row 2 middle or Row 3 left (lined, natch).

      •  I could totally see Anne Hathaway accepting her Oscar in that first dress. 

        • Mary Saucier

          Not me, I see Cate Blanchette in that one.

          • joything

            “Cate!” I was thinking.  “Cate, pick one!  Pick a dozen! Just wear them, please!”

          •  I agree, but I fear Annie may snag it up first, since I suspect the nominated get first dibs.  I’d LOVE to see Cate in it though.

    • RebeccaKW

       This is stunning.  I’ve been very surprised by the amount of collections that I really like.  Usually, I’m scrolling through, and find maybe one or 2 items I like.  These last few collections have been the exact opposite.

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  • ChiliP

    I love, love, love this collection.

    First row, dress on left- Mia Wasikowska
    Second to last row, dress on left- the properly executed version of the dress Ben was trying to make on PR a couple weeks ago?

  • Judy_J

    Not a fan of the caftan or one-shouldered gown, but the rest is absolutely gorgeous!

  • lehen

    Wow.  beautiful.

  • Whew, I think I just had a “moment”.   This is how stars should appear in public.  They should look somewhat otherworldly in their impossible glamor.

    • Yup! And I’d like to start a petition to get Julianne Moore in that 1st dress (strapless, turquoise). I think this needs to happen.

  • Annabelle Archer

    THIS is my favorite collection, of all the ones you’ve put up since Fashion Week. 

    • aeb1986


    • mmc2315

      It was extra beautiful in motion. 

      • Annabelle Archer

        I can imagine! I was thinking of how flowy and graceful those dresses were looking. Giving me life!!

      • oldbobbydraper

         it sure was. each look made me gasp quietly as it came down the runway.

    • SerpentsDance

      Me too. I love it and wish I had the money to buy even one dress. Even if I only ever wore it around the house.

    • Alyssa

      Mine too!

  • gabbilevy

    I’m dead. DEAD. Too much gorgeousness. Cannot handle. Love how opulent yet delicate some of those gowns look. The ladystars should be clawing out each other’s eyes to get their hands on these.  And if they won’t, I will!

  • imperfectlaura

    Can’t imagine why a lady star wouldn’t want to scoop these up. Pure opulence.

    • cooperalden

      I imagine there will be many takers for the awards for the same dress(dresses).  I guess Naeem is going to have to draw straws with a few actresses…Or charge ful l price!

  • Judy_S

    These are lovely, but between this and the L’Huilier collecti0on and glimpses in other collections, I have decided I have to have a name for “gowns” that consist of lacy lines traced over the torso and legs, with a particularly elaborate design centered over the crotch. I shall call them “crotch-cages,” though actually my original thought was a similar and equally alliterative term which would have required asterisks in the typing.
    I really don’t like this trend, in part because it implies that any variation from an idealized norm in the body on which it hangs will spoil the design, and in part because it would be impossible to look at the dress without looking at/for the skin under it.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      I agree; the 2nd row, 2nd design is one of these focus-pullers.  If it’s intentional, so be it, but I don’t care for it.  If it’s inadvertent, shame on you, all guilty designers, for not taking a step back and giving a measured, critical and assessing squint to pattern placement.

      •  A shame, no matter if inadvertent or intentional, because otherwise I lurv that dress.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    SIGH. I love it. Another collection that just curses my poorness and student loans. This is seriously gorgeous.

  • Kathryn Graham

    Gorgeous. I wish I had a life where I could wear those everywhere.

  • aeb1986

    unbelievably stunning. that first dress is a show stopper. jennifer lawrence should get that stat!

  • Kyle Crawford

    HELL YES !!   A CAFTAN AT LAST!…. somewhere in Heaven , Liz is smiling.

    • Kayceed

      I just love his collections – he brings in an Eastern sensibility of luxury that has me reaching for my smelling salts.

      • l_c_ann

        Makes me want to go to India fabric shopping or better yet, remnant luxury fabric shopping.

    • Jessi03

      As is Honey Mahogany?  

  • StellaZafella

    THIS.   MUST.   BE.   WORN.

    All of it!

    •  I just want to run my hands over the textiles, and gaze in awe an love at the workmanship of all the embellishment.
      I think that was one of the gayest things I’ve said in quite a while.

      • StellaZafella

        If you were talking about the collection above and weren’t standing in the bar across the street – looking at the men when you uttered it, it’s okay sweetie! Bears don’t like to be pawed this early in the season.

      • I feel the same way about wanting to touch the fabrics and just soak in the gorgeousness. This stuff just begs to be adored. Guess we are gay together. 🙂 Won’t that be a surprise to my sweetie! Lol!

        • Perhaps you should introduce him to the wonderful sensuality of textiles.  It could be,…interesting.

          • He he he he he. He is a fabric enabler in the best senses of the word already, but thank you for the suggestion you rascally devil. 

          • It is my nefarious pleasure, m’dear.

  • RzYoung

    Wow, imagine being able to pick one, then imagine only being able to pick ONE! Gorgeous, the lot of them.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Just beautiful. Love them. 
    I’m wondering about all the fierce eyebrows, though. Is that a trend or just a fashion show style thing?

    • MilaXX

      I was wondering about the brows as well. I’ve seen it quite a bit.

      • ChaquitaPhilly

        It looks “different” for sure!
        Several collections had models with the fierce-brow sort of slavic/peasant look.
        I can’t believe it would catch on in the real world.
        But the clothes are beautiful.

  • MilaXX

    I liked this collection. I’d like to see these dresses on some of the ladies currently wearing  short cuts. I’d really like to see Ginnifer in that opening blue dress & that first black and white dress. 

    Not crazy about the middle two that look like dashiki’s.

  • filmcricket

    My mouth literally just filled with water. Stunning.

    I want to take some of the silver/white sheer ones and line them in green. Please someone do that for, like, Nicole Kidman or Amy Adams or Chastain or some other sylph-like redhead.

  • I normally don’t have the eye others do for putting ladystars in particular gowns but I just saw Cate Blanchett in the very first dress. Wow, these are just amazing. 

  • noracatherinejewelry

    GASP! I am in love! Such rich colors, texture and design. It is work like this that makes me excited about designing jewelry!!!! Truly inspired to be sure. The first dress makes me want to get out the gem stones and play. Labradorite, pyrite, apatite…… Bronze! Oh, I am ready to work! I look forward to your blog and is a source of inspiration on a regular basis. THANK YOU! Nora of Nora Catherine Jewelry

    • l_c_ann

      And the back of that first dress is just as fine, check out the back of it five rows down, even to the ‘medallion’ meeting below the (HIDDEN) zipper seam. 

      Most of today’s starlets aren’t worthy of these clothes (nor am I).

      • noracatherinejewelry

        Yes, it is all in the details and finish work. Good eye! I was obsessing about making a perfect match on some earrings I was making. My husband thought I was being TOO picky and said I needed to let it go. It is hand made….. Yes, but I notice! 

  • Winter_White

    No matter how often I mindlessly *click on* pieces in collections to enlarge them — and then remember that they are not clickable — I still do it.  An instinctive response.  In this case, I tried to click five times!

    Love so much of this collection.  Especially the quieter gowns in the 4th row and the last two rows.

  • Alyssa

    So. Much. Pretty!!! Can’t even think of anything else to say…just so pretty!

  • kittenwithaquip

    LOVE. Except for the caftan. It’s giving me ’70’s fat lady PTSD.

  • mjude

    love it all

  • ballerinawithagun

    Sensory overload!

  • Jessi03

    So gorgeous.  So incredibly beautiful.

  • quiltrx

    The Erte’ influence is VERY evident, which I LOVE!  I usually like Naeem Khan a lot, and this may be my favorite collection I’ve seen.  Gorgeous.

  • poggi

    I kind of love these.  Oh why aren’t there red carpets and formal award shows in regular life?  Wait, I just looked outside my office and now I remember.

  • My mouth just started watering, like a baby seeing a tit. BRAVA Madame Khan. Brava. 

  • LearnedFoot

    Naeem Khan is just fabulous. Full stop. I can’t think of any other designer whose clothes are so consistently gorgeous and covetable.

    • kimmeister

      I had never heard of him until he showed up on an episode of Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style a few years ago.  Not only were his gowns amazing, he came across as a lovely and gracious individual as well.  Now I always look forward to seeing his work!

  • AuntieAnonny

    This collection is going to be impossible for anyone else to top, it’s impeccable.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Bless him, you can actually see the Erté influence. I would buy all of this and lounge in my conservatory while wearing it.

  • decormaven

    Oooh, these are stunning. Please, please let one of these be on the red carpet Sunday. Preferably on someone who can handle this level of style.

  • ConnieBV

    Chastain: please wear that first blue dress. Everything here is stunning.

  • Stubenville

    Beautiful, but sheer has been totally overdone everywhere.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


  • chitowndg

    Cool – dresses over pants that work.

  • ankali

    I would have LOST MY SHIT walking out of that show. Freaking DAZZLING collection. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

  • rainwood1

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Wow, wow, wow. Stunning collection. I was pairing up actresses with gowns all over the place.

  • TSkot

    Could you imagine what TLo would say if someone actually worth the caftan?  On a red carpet no less??

    Otherwise, a gorgeous collection.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    LOVE this.  His collection is always my favorite.

  • frannyprof


  • SpillinTea
    OPULENCE!! O-P-U-L-E-N-C-E! You own EVERYTHING! Everything is yours!

  • butterflysunita

    Love Naeem Khan and love this collection.  

  • Lattis

    I’ve been looking a lot at the work of Edmund Dulac (illustrator of lots of fairy tale books). These clothes look like he dreamed them.

  • Zippypie

    This has got to be my most favorite collection you boys have posted so far.  Stunning!!!  It’s so rich and beautiful.  I can’t wait to see some of these on the carpet.

  • 7th row. the one shoulder piece at the end. Needs to be worn by FLOTUS.

    • RedRaven617

      I was thinking the same thing. Much of this is FLOTUS worthy. More so than OdeL’s

  • FridaStaire

    Need to be worn by ME! Perfect for a day in the library.

  • Oh I am IN LOVE!! I retract my hatred of all things velvet. Here, it works. WERQS, even. 

  • PeaceBang

    OH my god I have to take to my bed. 

  • This is my kinda fashion collection <3

  • Anniebet

    I’m trying to imagine these beautiful clothes on women who are styled to look lovely as well. The ugly-fying of models detracts so much from the overall picture for me. I know it’s all about the clothes, but damn, oil slick hair and Uncle Pete’s eyebrows don’t make for a complete pretty image.

  • My aunt is a huge Erte fan (books, prints, the works), and I can definitely see it. Particularly in 4th row center.

  • Airkisses

    The designers sure are having a “regal” moment, aren’t they? Sure is a lot of Byzantine Empire and Russian Royalty going around…

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh, those are just really really really REALLY pretty!  I”m gonna have to buy a lottery ticket so I can have these…

  • Louise Bryan

    These are gorgeous as presented, but I have to wonder how they would fair translated to a shorter and/or rounder woman.

  • modelobrasil


  • barbarienne


    Another fabulous collection inspired by history. I just can’t get into the stuff that’s too close to home, but give me anything between the dawn of man and WWII, and I’m good.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Man the clothes are so beautiful but these models are butt ugly.  They all look like scrawny teen boys from Eton in 1924.  Ugh.

    • If you say something like that again, we will be forced to ban you from the comments section. You’ve been here long enough to know this sort of thing is not allowed.

  • Claudia Fernandes

    well, the kaftans…i don’t know…they seem costumes….

  • Stunning stuff! Coming to an award show near you….

  • I really don’t see the Erte influence.

  • Number two with the wide collar is my Oscar dress. 

  • Puckndc

    Beautiful!!!!……fantastic fabrics!

  • formerlyAnon

    I would need someone with a very good eye to alter some these to get the proportions right for me, but if had money to burn I’d give it a try.

    The coat on the right of the first row is probably my favorite piece. And one that I’m probably too short to wear effectively, but if I had the money to buy it I’d give it a solid try.

  • MiriamMc75

    Just about had an orgasm looking through all these! Pant*Drool*Lust!

  • werika

    So much opulence..cannot look.

  • libraangel

    Well. o.k., but too over-the-top for me – barfy

  • I need to make up places to go in these…

  • AthenaJ

    I am in awe of every single piece here.