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Yesterday we stopped by Sephora to get a peep at the new uniforms that Prabal Gurung designed for the store's "cast members" (aka the perfectly made-up girls and guys who sell you all your beauty must-haves). The uniforms are black with red accents: guys wear a black shirt with red detailing along the shoulder and arms. Girls have a choice of a tunic dress with a back vent (again, red at the shoulders and arms and in the vent's opening). There's also a pretty cute tuxedo suit option for the women. They'll debut in all US Sephora stores in the spring. Prabal spoke briefly to the small crowd of editors assembled for the presentation, and he is quite charming in person (seriously, his accent is soothing). He told the crowd that when he was a fashion student at Parsons, he would attend fashion shows or events, and use the makeup that he got in his goody bags to do fashion illustrations. He also revealed that while it was challenging to work with some of the guidelines that Sephora gave him, "This particular tunic was something that I'd wanted to do for my own collection for a long time. I'd never had an opportunity." And that red and black palette? "Red is my favorite color. I'm Aries and I love red!" he said. We caught up with him for a private chat, where revealed he'd like to extend his brand into beauty:
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:
Earlier this week we learned that Prabal Gurung is doing a line for Target (!). Now we're getting a closer glimpse of at least one of the looks from the line, thanks to a just-released video. In it, Prabal talks about his inspiration: Love. Just when you thought he couldn't get any more adorable...
At last night's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund party at J.Crew, CFDA winner Billy Reid and runners up Prabal Gurung and Eddie Borgo were all on hand (along with the rest of the New York fashion world) to celebrate the limited edition collaborations they designed for the specialty retailer. We made a beeline for Gurung, who looked J.Crew-appropriate in marinière-ish top, as this is his first time doing a design collaboration at a lower price point (though we're still crossing our fingers that there's some truth to the rumor of a Target collab in the near future). Unfortunately most of his capsule collection for wasn't on display last night (it rolls out in June--Reid's is up first in May), but Marissa Webb, J.Crew's head of women's design, was wearing a pair of his tuxedo pants and you're gonna want them. (Remember those tuxedo pants from Spring 2010 that had ties around the ankle? They're just like those. Only slightly more affordable). So how does he feel about doing a collaboration?