Indian American designer Naeem Khan is slowly but surely emerging as First lady Michelle Obama's favorite designer. She wore his creation in Cuba at a dinner event with the Cuban president in March. The first lady once again chose a dress by the Indian American designer for the White House dinner honoring the leaders of the Nordic countries May 13.
She finished the look with gold jewelry and a wispy chignon. The gown featured a draped bodice, cinched waist and full shirt. A single, asymmetric sleeve fell casually around the First Lady's toned right arm.
While state dinners typically celebrate a single head of state and Mrs. Obama often wears a gown by a designer from the country being honored, the Nordic party was a twist on typical White House protocol.
The president accidentally stepped on his wife's dress as they made their entrance, but both still looked impeccable.
To celebrate her 15th year as the face of L’Oréal Paris, former Miss World and Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan chose to flaunt a red, ruffled gown by the New York-based designer as well. She looked ravishing in red in the ensemble from Khan's Resort 2016 collection. The former beauty queen's bright red lips and winged eye-liner added to her beauty.
Khan's glittering fan base of starlets and socialites includes Beyoncé, Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Taylor Swift, Lea Michele, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Queen Noor of Jordan, and his designs have graced the silver screen in fashion film classics like "Dreamgirls" and "Sex and the City."
According to his Facebook page, his luxurious collection consists of impeccably cut dresses, sophisticated gowns and chic cashmere separates – all embroidered by hand. Khan was born in India and grew up surrounded by design. He cultivated his vast knowledge of textiles under the watchful eyes of his grandfather and father, both well known in India for designing intricate clothing worn by the royal families. As a teenager, Khan moved to the U.S. He launched his eponymous collection, Naeem Khan, in 2003 and began selling his designs at Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Since then the collection has grown and is sold at more than 100 specialty stores across the world.
—With inputs from AP