Derek Khan is living the high life now in Dubai, having put his past as a jewelry-pinching celebrity stylist behind him. He has recaptured some of his past glory, now appearing as a "commentator and makeover specialist" on satellite TV and in magazines like OK! Middle East. But in between Khan's come-up and his comeback, between 2003 and 2005, he did time at Rikers Island and two upstate prisons. None of his famous clients visited him in jail, so Khan kept tabs on them by reading fashion magazines. You can guess how that went over in the clink:
Mr. Khan continued to follow their careers in the pages of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and his reading selections - along with the awareness of his formerly pampered lifestyle - made him a target of other prisoners and also guards.
"I was given the worst things to do, like scrubbing the toilets," he said, "even though I was capable of helping G.E.D. students."
Khan was deported to Trinidad at the end of his stint, with $10 to his name. An old friend eventually ran into him and ended up giving him $20,000 to get to Dubai. Now he "has been accepted into the society of wealthy expatriates and Saudi royalty" and is even designing his own jewelry line.
Dubai, Khan told the Times, is "a new Australia." Paging Margaret Seltzer...