Dying Swan In The Tropics

Words Vera Shaban

Inspired by the life of phenomenal Russian prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova, and a recent trip to the tropics. Naeem Khan’s new Spring/Summer 18 Collection delivered drama and plenty of vibrant hues in canary yellow, luxurious red and blossom pink.  Combining lace with silk fringe to create awe-inspiring, a line skirts, ground sweeping gowns and cocktail dresses. Intricate details of the collection included elaborate beading and embroidery on floor-length kimonos, pants, and gowns. Additional highlights were the designer’s use of floating tulle, raffia-like fringe, and extravagant silhouettes. Like the audience, the whimsical high neckline delicate white gown hinted with soft ruffles mesmerized me.  

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Personally, I don't think Anna Pavlova was beautiful, but she was, photogenic, and her beauty - was from so many emotions and feminine deference going on inside of her. Even if her features were not the most captivating, she always looked gorgeous. Anna had a passion for shopping and fashion, constantly going to small and big shops. Purchasing an abundance of clothing and hats, which she always asked designers to remake. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Part of Anna’s dazzling lifestyle was clearly etched into Khan’s collection. Referencing the ballerina’s charming style with a tropical twist. The designer modernized the ballerina’s silk pajamas she once wore to Paris into a contemporary lux suit. Anna’s vision of how she saw the world differently influenced Naeem Khan’s approach on tailoring a collection goes beyond just beautiful, its practical, sophisticated and romantic.  

 
 
 
 
 Anna Pavlova. 

Anna Pavlova. 

 
 

Runway Images Courtesy Of George Chinsee at WWD

Anna Pavlova Portrait Courtesy Of Getty Images