Naeem Khan Uses Marilyn Manson To Amplify Glamorous Dresses At His Spring 2012 Show

Naeem Khan Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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New York Fashion Week is as much about discovering next season's trends as it is about picking out the gowns the celebs will be wearing right away for awards shows (like THIS Sunday for the Emmys). If there's one designer who's become a red carpet FAVE for legions of ladies who want to look LUXE, it's Naeem Khan, master of the fanciest of fancy gowns. We're talking beaded looks of royal refinement as befitting the Queen of Jordan and our First Lady (really, he dresses them). So, when stars like Taylor Swift or Beyoncé have a particularly ballad-y performance coming up, or when actresses Zooey Deschanel and Lea Michele need to class up the carpet, they turn to Naeem's brand of uptown elegance. Khan describes his Spring 2012 collection as "COLORFUL RACY GLAMOUR," (all-caps), and while we get the colorful and glamorous, we didn't necessarily get racy—unless you count the Marilyn Manson aspect.

DJ Chelsea Leyland was entirely responsible for the Manson. She started the show with his version of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" at a CRANKIN' level, which seemed slightly shocking to the uptown Khan fans in the audience who held their impeccable leather Kelly bags slightly closer to their chests, afraid of what was about to come down the runway. Interesingly, "RACY GLAMOUR" meant beaded gowns cascading into feathers (glamorous, yes), a shiny top paired with a full, electric fuchsia skirt (there's the color!), and a ruffled white skirt topped in a completely see-through embellished white top (RACY).

Naeem Khan Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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All of the dresses had beautiful movement. There was a mix of boho maxi gowns (perfect for beach weddings) and flame-colored floor-length sheaths with plunging necklines we can definitely see hitting the press line. It was all very Serena Van der Woodsen (Blake Lively's character from Gossip Girl), with its mix of good girl gowns set to bad girl music (Leyland chose growling female vocals from The Dead Weather too). We're pretty sure we'll see one (or a few) of these dresses photographed on someone we recognize at some point soon. But how cool would it be if with every purchase of a Naeem Khan Spring 2012 dress you were also guaranteed sonic accompaniment by "Beautiful People" playing at full volume behind you down the red carpet? That would be some racy glamour right there.

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