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Naeem Khan Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear Collection Review

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Naeem Khan Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear Collection Review
Apparel Quality78
Retail Potential32
Overall Vibe13
Reader Rating0 Votes0
Positives
Fine Fabrications
Diverse Selection of Styles
Great Evening Looks
Negatives
Little Cohesion
Too Referential to Past Decades
Borderline Costume-y
Some Garish Colors Used
Almost Offensively Opulent
Slightly Tacky
Overly Decorated
Too Much Sequins
41
Ratings
Description
Of all the 70s-esque shows that transpired this season, Naeem Khan's has got to be one of the worse ones. His was the total annihilation of everything that made that indelible decade fabulous. He should have stayed with going forward instead of harkening back to the past!

Photo: Daniele Oberrauch / Gorunway.com

Naeem Khan has often cited his time under the legendary house of Halston in the 1970s (the house’s heyday) as having been one of the most consequential parts of his life. And in his Fall 2019 show during New York Fashion Week, over four decades after that experience, he chose to pay tribute to both Roy Halston and that fabulous era, even going as far as to hire the major models of that moment. But did this tribute work? Not exactly. We just thought that everything about his latest line was a bit too much and, ironically, not enough. If you’re going all-out 70s fabulosity, then go big or go home. This season, Khan should have gone home. It might be that he attempted to modernize the style that it ended up looking like a dated mess. From that multi-colored cotton candy-looking feathered thing that opened the show to all sorts of foolish-looking fancies that Khan peppered all throughout—garish-colored dresses, overwhelming prints, and overused fringes—there wasn’t a sense of fun and refinement that defined the 70s. It all came out looking like a half-assed attempt to harken back to the times. The only redeeming factor was seeing that finale of legendary runway stars Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, and Karen Bjornson in similarly sleek silver gowns. Had Khan worked from that point, this wouldn’t have been the tragedy that it was!

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