Front Row Report, Naeem Khan: Connie Britton on Her Favorite Designer
Jenna Dewan Tatum also sat in the front row with Britton and dished on why she digs Khan's designs too
"I wore Naeem Khan to the Emmys last year, and it is maybe one of my favorite dresses I've ever worn," said Connie Britton at the designer's spring/summer 2015 show Tuesday afternoon during New York Fashion Week. "His designs are so rich but at the same time very feminine. He's also risky but risky in a very feminine way, which I love. He walks a fine line and always brings the drama."
Britton nicely summed up why Khan is a red-carpet favorite, though backstage prior to the show, the designer offered his own theory. "I make classic things; I'm not a trend-setting designer," he said. "When women wear my dresses, they're sexy, they're a statement maker, but at the same time they're classic, so you know you're going to look great without someone trashing you the next morning."
The gowns sent out moments later supported that theory, from a grouping of chicly simple bias-cut satin gowns that evoked Khan's years of working for Halston to a lilac crepe gown with a deep-V neck and starburst beading at the hips. "I wanted to keep things light and airy, while at the same time offering a lot of color, and a lot of flowers. It's all about romance," Khan said. Also new for this season: sportswear pieces, though under Khan's hand this translates to sequined pullovers, including one with a great open, deep-V back over sequined track pants. "I sleep and breathe glamour," Khan joked.
A group of kelly-green gowns, meanwhile, was inspired by Rita Hayworth, he said. "Princess Yasmin [Aga Khan, Hayworth's daughter] is a dear friend of mine," Khan explained. "We were sitting in my office talking about her mother and how beautifully this shade of green suited her, and it occurred to me how beautifully it would fit into this collection. So the green you see here today, that's for her."
Others in the front row included Padma Lakshmi, Jamie Chung, Kat Graham, Holland Roden, Yvonne Strahovski and Bianca Santos. And speaking of green, Jenna Dewan Tatum likewise was in attendance. Khan's olive-silk dress with heavily beaded bib front matched her green eyes perfectly. Why do Khan's designs appeal to her? "His sense of detail and his flair for the dramatic, the colors, the textures, the beading," she said. "It's all right up my alley and everything I love about Fashion Week."