Prabal Gurung is a fashion darling, but he's also got the chops to back up his buzz.
Yesterday's show at Lincoln center was proof. Not only did he build on his reputation for expertly draped and tailored evening dresses--he also gave us something different: distinctive day wear.
I was afforded the opportunity to sit in Row 1, Section A with Gurung-supporter/sponsor Nadja Swarovski. I'll be shadowing Swarovski for a bunch of sponsored shows at London Fashion Week, as well as a show in Paris. (I'm traveling with the company as a blogging ambassador of sorts.) It was undoubtedly the best seat I've ever had, and I was truly appreciative. Not only did I get a great view of the clothes, but also the INSANELY AMAZING shoes designed by Nicholas Kirkwood. If you thought sky-high heels were on their way out, you're wrong: Kirkwood's collection for Prabal was strappy and nearly-dominatrix in its styling, save for the soft nude, gold and neons used on the straps, leather and platforms. Nicholas sat across from us, paying close attention to how the girls walked. But back to the clothes:
The color palette was unreal. From a stunning peach pink cocktail dress to the teal and aqua graphic sweater dresses that kicked off the show, it was like opening a brand new book of Pantones.
- The proportions were perfect. Personally, I'm loving this new mid-calf dress/skirt length, especially when it's done in a form fitting fashion. It looks quite fresh.
- It was more than simply red carpet ready. Designers who design with the red carpet in mind often lose sight of their every day customer. Not Gurung. From the lady who lunches to the power broker to the bright young thing at the cocktail party, he's covered all bases.Gurung is, most definitely, part of that next generation of Great American Designers. And I can't wait to see what he does next.
**All photos by Julia Silverman