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:
Since working with Isabella Blow in the '00s, Nadja Swarovski and her fashion team have made it their responsibility to support designers--both emerging and established--during fashion week and beyond. This season, Swarovski will underwrite the shows of several important New York, London, Milan, and Paris designers. In New York, this includes:
PARIS--Are you obsessed Prabal Gurung's Spring 2011 collection, but dream of some sparkle to accompany that form fitting cocktail dress? Never fear. It's Atelier Swarovski to the rescue. The crystal brand has commissioned five up-and-coming designers to create one-off jewelry collections for Spring 2011. The roster includes Mark Fast, Joseph Altuzarra, the aforementioned Gurung, LA-based costume designer Michael Kaplan, and jeweler Jenny Manik Mercian.
We're not huge on sparkles, but when talents like menswear great Simon Spurr, Fenton/Fallon jewelry master Dana Lorenz and It-designers Prabal Gurung and Joseph Altuzarra create with crystals, we take notice. This morning's breakfast at Swarovski's Creative Service Center--which is kind of like a candy store for designers who love crystals instead of kids who love sweets--celebrated the new shine-heavy capsule collection created by the foursome, along with Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Eddie Borgo, Richard Chai and Patrick Ervell. Each designer, natch, is nominated for the CFDA's Swarovski Award in his or her respective category.