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Christina Hendricks is hitting all the right shows during New York Fashion Week if a gown for Sunday night’s Emmy Awards is high on her to-do list: We saw her at Zac Posen’s dark and dramatic collection Monday evening, and on Tuesday afternoon at Naeem Khan (where she confirmed she would be at Marchesa later the same day). “Who will it be, who will it be?” she said with a sly smile.
If she chooses Khan, what will be the chief reason? “The beading, the beading, the beading,” Hendricks said before the show (she was joined in the front row by Kat Graham and Ashley Greene). Soon after, Khan sent out a few sparklers among his spring/summer 2016 collection, including a ball gown covered in silver paillettes and a sheer halter jumpsuit embellished with anthracite crystals.
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Khan’s true focus for spring/summer 2016, however, is rooted not in metallics and shine but in brilliant color, especially the hues one encounters along the Mediterranean.
“I wanted to start with the idea of beautiful white walls draped in bougainvillea, or the gorgeous azure blue of the Grotto in Capri, or Cezanne in the south of France, painting with beautiful yellow and orange mixed with green,” he said, adding that the idea was then woven through icons of the 50s and ‘60s, the quiet elegance of Jacqueline Kennedy or the more vixen-esque appeal of Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren.
Among the highlights was a group of ball gowns in vivid tones of lilac, ombré-pink and marigold, the latter quickly emerging as the color of the season. “I’m loving big skirts,” Khan said, and he’s not alone, as that voluminous silhouette is another spring trend.
Those grand ball gowns were offset by sleek bias-cut satin gowns that slithered down the body from lush crystal necklaces — and always present are his signature caftans: Khan offered one in a floral print he drew by hand before adding the colors in the computer, and several others in those bold tones he is loving.
“My Middle East following is so big these days,” he explained. “If I don’t do a caftan, I’m going to make a lot of Middle Eastern women very mad.”
As for the women of Hollywood? Khan seems to have that corner of the world covered. “The way I cut my clothes, it’s sexy but not vulgar, and there’s a lot of drama to it,” he said. “When you step on the red carpet, you look like a million dollars.”
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