Following on from wowing the world in a Jason Wu gown for the Inauguration Ball, Michelle Obama has since cemented her style credentials with a designer-jammed wardrobe that puts her fellow First Ladies to shame. And here at Grazia Daily, we’re avid followers of Glam-bama’s sartorial choices, from her high street to high fashion pieces, and continue to be amazed by the First Lady effect that has catapulted up-and-coming names to fame and sparked style stampedes.
So we can only imagine Naeem Khan’s delight when Mrs O made a super-sleek appearance at the White House last night wearing a glowing golden gown custom-made by the designer. The dazzling strapless dress embellished with silver sequins in a floral design and accessorised with a nude shawl was crafted by 40 people over three weeks at Khan's family workshop in India, so couldn’t be a more fitting choice for the state dinner in honour of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
During an interview on CNN, Khan explained he choose something 'Indian, chic, simple but very glamorous. For me to be part of this historic occasion, being Indian, it is beyond amazing. It is an incredible moment for me.' Well, you sure can’t beat dressing such a formidable and fashionable First Lady.
But if you haven’t heard of Naeem Khan yet, you will undoubtedly have seen his dresses adorning the red carpet. Indian-born but US-based, the designer apprenticed for renowned fashion house Halston before launching his own line of glamorous gowns with a signature style of tailored embellishments that have turned him into a firm favourite among a host of Hollywood A-listers, including Beyoncé, Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez (just check out our brimming gallery of gowns below). And after scoring big with the President’s missus, his profile is set to explode, especially if the worldwide impact MObama’s caused for the likes of Isabel Toledo and Maria Cornejo is anything to go by. As Thakoon said after the First Lady wore his ivory tweed coat in March this year, ‘It's like having an international ad campaign!' So we reckon it’s time to commit Khan’s name to memory. Like, now.
- Jessica Vince