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PAS DE DEUX: Naeem Khan had tears in his eyes last week at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas as he watched ballet dancers twirl down the runway wearing his sparkling spring dresses. “It was breathtaking to see it,” Khan said following the annual benefit luncheon for the Texas Ballet Theater. “I had chills because I had never seen my clothes presented like that.” Ballet patrons joined Khan back at Stanley Korshak to shop, handing over more than $100,000 in total sales.
The designer is making a “big push” in Dallas because he feels it can rise to the level of Houston — his single biggest market, he noted. Bestsellers included a $6,990 silk chiffon caftan studded with oxidized sterling paillettes and a silver glass bugle beaded cocktail dress for $2,990. Khan said that this year’s volume is up nearly 30 percent over 2009, and 2011 orders represent the best spring season in four years. “I feel there is a spark in the economy where people are feeling good about going out and dressing,” he said. “We did 25 [trunk] shows [for spring], and we’re seeing it across the country.” Khan is currently negotiating licenses for designer handbags, shoes, scarves, cosmetics and fragrance. He expects licensed products to debut at the end of next year for spring 2012.