Naeem khan for fashion

Indian American designer Naeem Khan poses with a model backstage for TRESemme at Naeem Khan NYFW SS18 on Sept. 12, 2017 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TRESemme)

NEW YORK — As Fashion Week drew to a close here, Indian American designer Naeem Khan looked to iconic Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova for his new spring collection.

"Pavlova was the most amazing ballet dancer," Khan said backstage before the Sept. 12 show. "She's global, she traveled the world ... taking influences from countries like India, Mexico, France, America. To me, somebody like this, her life, is what makes my collection. So, I have fabrics from different parts of the world."

The designer has fashion devotees across the globe. "My women, they live in Dubai, they live in New York, they live in France, all over the world," said Khan. He said he's learned there's a common thread. All women want to look "elegantly sexy."

Khan's collection featured, in his words, "a lot of color, a lot of texture and lots of lightness." His catwalk began with black-and-white looks and moved to a brighter color palette. There were dresses with bold, tribal patterns accented with tiered fringe. Models wore floral crowns in their hair, and accessorized with tribal nose rings.

Celebrities in the front row included model Hannah Davis, TV personality Paula Abdul and actress Shay Mitchell.

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