PRABAL GURUNG is New York’s ‘IT’ Designer

I think Prabal Gurung’s spring 2012 collection was his best so far. The clothes were nuanced, more subtle than his usual bold solid-colour and this time around Gurung took more risks. He worked with a print maker to cover his lilac colored collection in pixelated (though we have seen Pratap using pixelated technique almost a year back) floral digital prints. Flouncy flared silk dresses were sexed up with sheer tulle inserts but in a subtle provocative way. The most interesting looks were bound up in delicate rope harnesses. I am sure that Gurung’s solid colored floor-length numbers will be omnipresent on the red-carpets.

Sarah Jessica Parker–his biggest fan of late–was absent at Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2012 show at New York Fashion Week. But if SJP continues with her red carpet devotion to Gurung through spring 2012 she’ll be updating her look with sophisticated, subversively sexy dresses. Nicki Minaj and Amanda Seyfried though graced the front-row.


Anna Wintour Hosted a Fundraiser for Prez Obama

Now this is something that is unthinkable in India – A Fashion Editrix hosting a Fundraising Dinner for the Country’s Premier. In fact the very concept of ‘Fundraising’ is alien in Indian politics. Here the political parties still resort to huge under the table donations by Corporate Houses and Individuals to fund their election campaigns. The infamous Reddy Brothers of Mining-gate funded the BJP in their election campaign. Obviously they were rewarded with cabinet berths and lot more.

Anna Wintour of Vogue and Harvey Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman (better known as the designer of Marchesa) hosted an exclusive Fundraising Dinner for President Obama at Weinstein’ house in the West Village, New York. Flattering his audience with the line, “This is a pretty good looking crowd,” President Obama made time for a few remarks, some serious (talk of the debt and the global economy) and others less so — he quipped that the 2012 election is different than 2008’s because voters are now thinking, “Obama is gray haired, he doesn’t seem as cool.” 

The gathering was glamourous and small with the ticket’s costing as high as $35,800 per person. But it ensured real high-profile attendees. There was Gwyneth Paltrow, Vera Wang, Alicia Keys and Tory Burch amongst the 50 guests at the Weinstein House Fundraising Dinner.

I won’t be surprised if in future I see Anna Wintour running for Mayor of New York!