The fashion designer Naeem Khan, who was in Peru last year as LIF Week's star guest and who went on to visit Cuzco upon the invitation of PROMPERÚ, presented a show at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) with garments inspired by textiles from the imperial city of Cuzco.
Colorful and traditional embroidery, llikllas, boots and hats from Cuzco were showcased on the catwalk, which brought hundreds of guests together, including international celebrities and well-known online fashion influencers.
"Strong, independent, motivated and beautiful – inside and out – , this collection celebrates women around the world and their different experiences of life. Inspiration turned to the new wave of women who are changing the face of our society," explained Khan at the unveiling of his show, which was covered by major publications such as Vogue and WWD.
During his visit to Cuzco in May 2017, Khan visited the cathedral and Qoricancha, as well as the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuamán and Machu Picchu. He said that from his Peruvian experience he would take away the affection and warmth of its people, its art, and its history, as well as knowledge of ancient weaving techniques that are still used by the weaver women of Chinchero.
Loyal to his Indian-American heritage, his NYFW 2018 collection of 37 outfits contained garments inspired by India.
Along with Paris, Milan and London, the official New York Fashion Week catwalks are considered some of the most important in the global fashion industry and are followed by millions of people around the world because they set fashion trends, making this occasion an excellent platform to promote Peruvian textile art.
ABOUT NAEEM KHAN
Naeem Khan is a fashion designer of Indian-American heritage. Among the public figures who wear his designs are the former First Lady of the United States (Michelle Obama), Queen Rania of Jordan, the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton), and celebrities such as Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Jennifer López, Penélope Cruz, Katy Perry and Kate Hudson, among others.
His designs are displayed in the most luxurious shops in the US and in over 100 shops worldwide. Moreover, he has a big social media presence on digital platforms such as Instagram, which he uses to show his daily work as a designer and his fashion shows.
See the Vogue US coverage of the show here: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2018-ready-to-wear/naeem-khan/slideshow/collection
See the video of his visit to Cuzco here: https://www.facebook.com/marcaPERU/videos/1362369993812904/