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Derek Khan, Stylist and Creator of Ghetto Fabulous, Life Story Rights Acquired by Veteran Music Exec Beverly Paige

Salt N Pepa in luxury couture and precious stones from Van Cleef & Arpels

Derek wrapped Mary J. Blige in white fur for the cover of his hit 1997 album

Khan wrapped Mary J. Blige in white fur for the cover of her hit 1997 album “Share My World.”

Khan has fabulously styled stars of luxury couture and gemstones from Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Dior to Harry Winston

Khan has fabulously styled stars of luxury couture and gemstones from Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Dior to Harry Winston

The visionary stylist of music fashion icons Salt-n-Pepa, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Pink and Aretha Franklin has Rags to Riches to Rags Tale

NEW YORK, USA, July 20, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Visionary stylist for music fashion icons Salt-n-Pepa, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Pink and Aretha Franklin has wealth ragged

The rights to the outlandish and controversial life story of the late legendary fashion designer Derek Khan, the creator of the “ghetto fabulous” hip-hop fashion movement, have been acquired by his friend, veteran music executive Beverly Paige.

Currently, Paige and her team are exploring television, film and publishing deals on the visionary stylist to the fashion and entertainment elite whose glamorous career has gone from red carpets to prison to villas to Dubai.

“Derek has a fascinating rag-to-rag-rich story,” said Paige, who was the first black woman to be named vice president of publicity and promotions at a major record label. “I had met Derek in the early 1990s when I was vice president of publicity at Island Records and he was starting his career as a fashion designer. For years he had worked in the Gucci and Givenchy couture boutiques. I kept it to re-imagine my Salt-n-Pepa customers. Thanks to him, Salt-n-Pepa was the star of the 1995 Grammy Awards. Derek was a visionary who created an extraordinary high fashion movement in hip-hop. We called it “fabulous”. Derek called it a “fabulous ghetto”.

Paige and Khan began partnering with the luxury industry to showcase high fashion from top hip-hop artists. “I would write introductory letters to clothing and jewelry designers that Derek was working for me to legitimize his work,” Paige said. “Derek had access to luxury couture and no one else was doing it at the time. I told him at the 1995 Grammys that Salt-n-Pepa needed to be draped in couture fur coats and diamonds when they were doing interviews.This look created a new era in fashion.

Khan, who was born in Trinidad, died of COVID in Dubai in 2021 at the age of 63. He was applauded by Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue for glamorizing hip-hop stars. He styled Lauryn Hill’s boho-chic look for her legendary, Grammy-winning debut album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” He dressed Lil’ Kim in his famous Chanel red leather cowboy outfit for the 2002 Grammy Awards. He wrapped Mary J. Blige in white fur for the cover of his 1997 hit album “Share My World.” He brokered a deal for Pink with Chanel. For Aretha Franklin, he draped the superstar in $10 million in diamonds for a concert in Washington DC on July 4. Khan has fabulously styled the stars of luxury couture and gems from Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Dior to Harry Winston, Tiffany and Bulgari. He is the only designer to be honored at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Greatest Rock Costume Exhibit”.

By the early 2000s, Khan was no longer a superstar stylist. Emerging artists were selecting new fashion advisors. Tragically, Khan began pawning the loaned gems for cash to support his extravagant lifestyle. In 2003, he was sentenced to prison for defrauding eight of New York’s most prestigious jewelers, including Harry Winston, Graff and Piaget. He had borrowed more than $1.5 million worth of diamond earrings, necklaces and watches on behalf of superstar clients. After his two-year prison sentence from 2003 to 2005, he was sent back to Trinidad.

Khan left Trinidad for Dubai with the help of a friend. “He has been accepted into the society of wealthy expatriates and Saudi royalty, even by those who Mr. Khan says are aware of his previous arrangements,” The New York Times wrote in 2008. “At the time of his death in Dubai, he was a consulting fashion stylist for the wealthy and also designed a line of jewelry called the Derek Khan Collection.

“I am thrilled to have Beverly Paige tell my brother’s remarkable story,” said Wendy Kreuzer-Khan, Khan’s sister. “She was a good friend and supporter of Derek for many years.”

Paige served as Vice President of Press and Public Relations for Interscope Records, Polygram Label Group and Universal Island Def Jam. His long list of musical clients includes Jay-Z, Luther Vandross, Kool and The Gang and the Jackson Family Tour. Paige is credited with launching the musical careers of icons Queen Latifah, Salt-n-Pepa and Kurtis Blow.

Paige is currently working with manager, Jerry Silverhardt and attorney Mike Dawson, on the development of book, film and television projects about the life of Derek Khan.

GILLESPIE FERN
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