Prabal Gurung has an endearingly big heart and open mind. In a year when Former Secretary Hillary Clinton could be our first female president (the designer was part of a major fashion industry I’m With Her fundraiser recently), Gurung looked to other strong women, especially those who use their power of words and pen to make people think. Like Gloria Steinem, the late Maya Angelou and Emily Dickinson. The latter’s famous quote, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul,” was scrawled across a white t-shirt in black letters and fringe. As if it were a prayer for something better that Gurung was repeating.
The collection he sent out was equally optimistic, in crisp white and blue, black, orange and a yellow-y olive. The combo of oversized sweater — whether in delicate knits with floral motif or a vibrant blue fisherman — and long skirt still looks completely chic, effortless and subtly glamorous. Good for spring, and good for fall, too.
And to hell with seasons—Gurung’s handful of fur chubbies and stoles in blue-and black-dotted white looked inviting, despite September’s Indian summer temps.
His silhouettes were body-skimming and fluid, his proportions giving a little, hiding a little, too. Snug knits with extra long hems clung to hips while skirts were kept long and flowing, cut on the bias for extra movement. And the models wore jewelry made from recycled metal and made by artisans in his native Nepal, where he produces his sweaters.
Gurung has mastered the art of sumptuous dressing, femininity on high, and spring’s lineup of crystal-embroidered midnight gowns, satin looks that swished and a set of covered-up looks—one pink, one black-and-white—with long pleated sleeves. The effect was like wings meant to take flight.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US