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 he revealed he'd like to extend his brand into beauty:
Fashionista: Have you ever worked in a job where you had to wear a uniform? Prabal Gurung: Not a job but I wore a uniform all my life because I went to a British catholic school for 10 years. So my school was--blazer, tie, everything. You feel liberated to not wear it.
What was the most difficult part of designing these uniforms with the guidelines or limitations you were given? The most challenging thing was making sure the design aesthetic and the function were given equal attention. That's why there's a vent in the back of the dress. If they're bending over, I had to keep that in mind. How do you make it functional without looking boring.
How long did it take you to come up with the designs? It didn't take me long at all. It was like a day. I gave them a spread and they started to pick and choose.
You seem to be pretty interested in the beauty side of fashion. Your runway beauty looks are always pretty striking. Do you ever see yourself doing a beauty line? Definitely. Beauty is an extension of a brand. That's definitely one of the goals. Being able to, let's say, have a lipstick with your name...(pretends he's putting on lipstick). That would be amazing!
Is that in the works or just a dream right now? Well, it's a goal. I'm working on it.