Haute Couture Meets Hijab, East Meets West

Naeem Khan
Khan’s Spring 2007 Collection (NYMagazine.Com)

Rising star Naeem Khan recently created a stir with his Spring, 2007 collection of flirty, vibrant cocktail dresses. Last week, Khan and other designers joined forces at New York Fashion Week to raise awareness and funds for Darfur.

Participants in “Designers for Darfur” included Luca Luca, BCBG Max Azria, and Rabia Yalcin, a conservative Muslim designer interested in marrying high fashion with Islamic sensibilities.“In private, clothing should reflect a woman’s sensuality,” says the Istanbul-based Yalcin. In public, she wants to help “show the beauty of the flower while covering the flower.”

All profits generated through the fundraiser go directly to the Save Darfur Coalition.

Khan and Yalcin join the growing cadre of eastern designers, showcasing their work in New York (remember Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection from Olympus Fashion Week earlier this year?).

February 19, 2007
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  1. February 19, 2007, 2:32 pm Priya

    God, I loved Naeem’s dress for the Darfur show. I also loved the rest of his collection. The things I would buy if I were a rich girl.

  2. February 21, 2007, 7:55 pm nadia

    I met him and asked if he would ever have a sample sale and he laughed. So, I guess the answer was no!