Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung who is now well entrenched in the American Fashion Industry showcased his spring-summer 2014 collection on Day 3 at New York Fashion Week. I saw the show online and was impressed by the show presentation. Models entered all at once and stood in line on the white tile platform, surrounded by a clear plastic screen. The collection as per Gurung showcased the, ‘Mysterious side of women‘.
Well what caught my attention was that each and every garment looked so different when the models turned around. The front of the garment and the back of it had a total different look. Prabal Gurung deftly used ‘back-brace’ or what you can call ‘harness-back’ detailing. Extreme wasp-waisted midi length skirts, folded bustiers, bombers and jackets created out of duchesse satin, tulle and lacquered finish fabric dominated the show. Gurung also used bold brush strokes on PVC and Perspex to give a sporty feel to the collection. It was a fifties inspired look and that ‘Mysterious Woman’ that inspired Gurung to create the collection couldn’t have been anybody but Marilyn Monroe.
Prabal Gurung launched his new label – Prabal Gurung x ICB at Barneys, New York on Wednesday night and had his muses and fashionistas rock the party. Gurung tied up with ‘Onward Kashiyama’ last year to launch ICB. Japanese brand ICB, which stands for International Concept Brand, is owned by established Japanese manufacturing company Onward Kashiyama, which also owns Jil Sander, J Press and others. They also have distribution and licensing agreements with Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and other big names.
In February this year, Prabal Gurung showcased his debut ICB Collection at the New York Fashion Week and said, “I would say an inspiring combination of beauty, intelligence and a little sense of humor is what an ICB girl is all about. She has innate good taste and this is a stepping stone to what I have to offer in my main collection.”
Prabal Gurung x ICB’s tailored, sculptural skirts, dresses and sweaters were unmistakably Gurung, as were the prints and pops of colour like chartreuse and interesting details like dip-dying and laser cutting. However, the clothes were far more casual than the ultra-luxurious eveningwear that dominates his main collections. Gurung claims ICB to be ‘affordable’ but I don’t know how many would find prices ranging from $250 to $650 ‘affordable’.
The party had Prabal Gurung’s many muses but most prominently Hannah Bronfman, socialite and official ICB girl, who did triple duty as muse, hostess, and dj at the event and NYC’s girls about town like Cory Kennedy, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Elettra Weidemann, and Mia Moretti decked out in the new line. Vogue’s Chioma Nadi, CR (Carine Rotfield) Book‘s Shiona Turni and Barneys Creative Director, Simon Doonan too were there.
The Prabal Gurung at J.Crew collection is a result of J.Crew teaming up with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. It is a limited-edition line comprised of 50 coveted pieces. This streamlined collection caters to the both the sophisticated party girl and the fun working girl. From tailored dresses to exploding bow blouses, its aesthetics really bridge these two worlds together.So be prepared to drool, ladies, because the Prabal Gurung at J.Crew collection is also sold through J. Crew Online Shop. Fresh, bold and full of feminine flair, it will really spice up your summer wardrobe in ways you could only have wished.
Prabal Gurung who did his Fashion Design diploma from NIFT Delhi was pipped to be the winner of 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in the womenswear category but unfortunately he had to settle for a joint runners-up title with Eddie Borgo.
However since the Prize money was increased, both Prabal and Eddie got to take home $100,000 each. Now that’s a good amount, right??? Besides the money and the prestige, the winners also get a year of mentorship from the Gurus of the Industry and get to design Limited edition for GAP. They also got some advise from Czar Karl Lagerfeld!
Prabal Gurung had earlier stated that if he won the award, he would launch his resort collection and pre – fall collection. Gurung also wants to get in to E Commerce. So that’s good news for fashionistas here who likes Prabal Gurung’s look as they can shop for them On-Line. Way to go Prabal!
MET ‘American Women’ Gala was a treat to fashionistas. Designer Jason Wu with Camilla Belle in his gorgeous design has taken my first place spot. I love the cut and shirring on the bust and waistline…it fits her like a glove! Bravo to Wu.Our NIFT Delhi alumni, Prabal Gurung dressed the American First Lady, Michelle Obama in Red too at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. And yeah, she looked bootylicious. You couldn’t have missed the picture of Barak and Jay Leno staring at the First Lady’s derriere.”I was really hoping [she'd wear it to the dinner],” Gurung confessed. Coming back to the MET Gala, I loved Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture. The long military blazer was awesome. Her Dark Lips made a statement too. Bee donned a perfectly fitted Balenciaga gown in a sweet pink. Mother-daughter duo really rocked at the MET Gala.Everyone kicked up (and off) their heels at the unofficial after-party for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Spring 2010 Costume Institute Gala night at the Boom Boom Room. Claire Danes changed into jeans, Rachel Zoe and Christian Louboutin got giggly and there were a lot of hugs going around. Love the way they party!