A man wearing a jacket, crown, g-string and little else ran onto the set of Prabal Gurung's Eastern-inspired collection show Saturday at Moynihan Station, blocking photographers' shots before he was wrestled off the set by security. A live-streaming video feed of the show was immediately cut off, one our staffers said.
While streakers often elicit cheers at sports games and school events, those seated at Gurung's otherwise serene show were, for the most part, unamused. There were gasps and cries about how rude and unfortunate the stunt was. They, after all, are well aware of the effort that goes into the production: The giant golden cymbals that were suspended from the ceiling to form the backdrop of the presentation, the styling, the castings, the makeup, the hair -- not to mention the thousands of hours that went into making the collection and the many smaller efforts the audience made to be there.
The collection itself was elaborate and original, featuring much more draping and pleating than we've seen in Gurung collections of past seasons. It was inspired apparently by Eastern, specifically Mongolian, tribal wear. (Comparisons will be made, no doubt, to Donna Karan, but these were by no means copies.) Models were outfitted alternatively in coats and jackets made of gray mink, fox and white mongolian lamb, and oversized cashmere sweaters in gray, ivory and bordeaux. Skirts and dresses featured mostly asymmetrical hems; they were made of chiffon and worn sarong-style or crafted from tulle and embroidered more dramatically with ostrich feathers. A series of seven beautifully pleated gowns, embellished with Swarovski crystals, closed the show. We'll be seeing a few of those, we imagine, at the Academy Awards next month.
See the full collection in the slideshow. below.