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Fashion Week: Designers Naeem Khan and Rolando Santana Find Inspiration All Around

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From black and white to Broadway musicals, designers at Fashion Week find their inspirations all around. NY1's Stephanie Simon looks at the work of designers Naeem Khan and Rolando Santana.

What good is sitting alone in your room when you could be out wearing these gorgeous gowns inspired by the musical “Cabaret.”

“How do you take the sex from Cabaret, but you put, you still leave the chicness? So the combination of the two would give you a new, new vocabulary,” said designer Naeem Khan.

Khan is definitely giving women a reason to put down the knitting, especially because he's already done the handmade details.

“I took from ‘Cabaret’ all the fringy you know, dancing numbers, you can go from that. Then I took all the elegance from like the thread works but like very subtle, beautiful, handmade laces which are like beautiful,” said Khan.

Friend, fashionista and foodie Padma Lakshmi agrees.

“I just think he knows how to make a woman feel beautiful and glamorous. The workmanship and, and just all the beading in his dresses are immaculate,” said Lakshmi.

Now they say nothing in life is black and white unless of course you’re at Rolando Santana’s runway show and that’s where we’re heading next.

Santana was inspired by contemporary Mexican art. And while nearly everyone loves to wear black, the choice was still risky.

“We sell all over the country and internationally so color is very important, but I think that for this particular season like I really wanted to go almost you know basic, very New York. Although it's all black, there is this incredible details and textures,” said Santana.

Santana brightens up his looks in surprising ways.

“Sparkle could be, you know, in the middle of the night, light hitting water. So how do you create that, it doesn't, that it's not so literal. You know there's some pieces that just have this glaze with embroidery over and it just adds it adds that little bit of light,” he said.

Santana always finds new ways to shine.

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