Runway: Paisley the mother of Indian design and the Hindu Tilakas inspired Naeem Khan for Fall 2012, a collection derived from the decadence and dust of India.  This was my first time attending a Naeem Khan show, and my last show for fashion week, so I was grateful for my well-positioned seat.  Sitting front row and centre of the runway sat Matt Damon with his wife, Luciana Barroso, and the culinary effervescent Padma Lakshmi, along with actress Kristen Chenoweth.

Naeem Khan Fall 2012

Decidedly decadent—a royal-inspired gathering of gold and silver metallic embroidery, embodied the essence of Khan’s collection—a pure, patriotic nod to Khan’s ethnic heritage. 

Naeem Khan - Fall 2012

Naeem Khan - Fall 2012

I was mesmerised by the cohesion of embellishments inspired from body art: Tilakas, that was accentuated with deep, rich, Mughal paisley prints, swirl motifs, and antique mirrored beading.

Naeem Khan - Fall 2012

If you haven’t invested in solid gold bars in recent months, perhaps a few gold gowns will suffice. Multiple shimmering gowns sauntered down the runway, dripping in Oscar-worthy appeal, fit for a princess.  A one-shoulder, black and white fan-dot print gown in silk gazar was a showstopper juxtaposed between the metallic stories, and an abstract swirl print peacoat, georgette caftan, stretch cigarette pants, sarong skirt, and silk-wool tweed, all rendered the completion of a perfectly curated collection.

My favourite look: the black heart swirl, jet-beaded cocktail dress with a fringed hem.