MUMBAI (TIP): Indian-born, New York-based designer Naeem Khan said he is looking to open a store in Mumbai and to work with Bollywood celebrities. The designer, who launched his eponymous brand Naeem Khan in 2003 in New York City, presented his collection Mar. 23 at Lakme Fashion Week.
His brand has been a favorite with personalities like United States First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyonce Knowles, Katy Perry, Penelope Cruz, Sonam Kapoor and others. “I want to continue working for Bollywood celebrities. Celebrities here are mixing with the world, for example going to Cannes,” Khan said. “I would definitely open a store here. India is a huge market and it is just beginning. I was here to test the waters as to how people will react. I am happy and proud to be here.
It means a lot to be presenting my collection here,” he said. Khan dazzled the audience with his ultra-glam collection on day two of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013. The line of eveningwear outfits had sensuous dresses, sophisticated gowns, skirts and coats. “But I was anxious also thinking how people here will find my collection. I was wondering how Indians will react to my show, and whether they will like it or not,” Khan said. “I was worried about the look of my models, as when I do my shows abroad we have a hairstylist from London and makeup man from France.
But I must say I was happy with the end result,” he added. When asked why he had no celebrity showstopper, Khan said, “It was done deliberately. I am here in the business of making and selling clothes. I am not here for theater and drama…my clothes create drama.”