Born and raised in Mumbai, Khan grew up in a world surrounded by culture, architecture, art, history, and design. As a boy, he cultivated a vast knowledge of textiles under the watchful eyes of his grandfather and father, both of whom designed intricate clothing worn by Indian royal families.
Khan ultimately moved to the United States as a teenager to become a designer and launched his career as an apprentice for legendary American designer Halston at the age of 20. During his time with Halston, he immersed himself in the ethos of modern restraint and learned the craft of draping and cutting fabric to create a clean, elegant and timeless silhouette. Khan eventually merged this design philosophy with the knowledge he gained from his family’s business to nurture his unique style, and the Naeem Khan design aesthetic was born.
Khan launched his eponymous collection in 2003 and began selling at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Since then his collections have adorned glamorous women around the world, including Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Rachel McAdams, First Lady Michelle Obama, Queen Noor of Jordan, and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, among others.
In 2008, he was inducted as a member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America and most recently launched the Naeem Khan Bridal collection in 2013. Today, the Naeem Khan Ready-to-Wear and Bridal collections are sold at more than 150 retail outlets across the world.
For twenty years tastemaker and Modern Luxury VP Creative/Fashion Director, James Aguiar, has consistently brought a notably fresh and stylized eye to every project during his career.
Well known throughout the industry for his colorful personal style, chronicled consistently by Bill Cunningham in New York Times, Aguiar has put his signature stamp on dreamy display windows, dramatic high-concept fashion shoots, eventive event design as well as published interior design projects. He consults regularly for fashion brands looking for a unique eye.
As Fashion Director for Modern Luxury’s vast magazine portfolio, Aguiar has taken on the larger picture, pushing the limits of fashion and propelling it with inventive images and innovative new media textures.
“Creating a unique and personal statement with fresh visual images that are memorable and incites emotion is what makes fashion work in a constantly changing world that is always looking towards the future,” he says. It’s this moxie that makes the industry compelled to call for his unique outlook. Celebs as diverse as Margot Robbie, Chrissy Teigen. Taraji P. Henson, Hugh Jackman, Rob Lowe, Ansel Elgort, Matt Bomer, Edgar Ramirez, and Jude Law, to name a few, have been styled by James for cover stories for the magazine.