Yesterday the fashion and beauty worlds were abuzz with news that Prabal Gurung would be designing new uniforms for Sephora. Last night we got to see the designs and chat about them with the designer himself.
“As a designer who’s designing for myself, for my own brand, there’s not many parameters or limitations. One season I want to do print, one season I want to do colorblocking. I can get away with it,” Gurung explained to the crowd of beauty editors. “When working within parameters, working with rules and regulations — and often for someone who’s creative and wild — having those rules is challenging. It also kind of prepares you for what could come in the future.”
At a big fashion house, perhaps? Cue the “Prabal for Dior” rumors right…now. As promised, Gurung designed three outfits for the beauty brand: a tunic dress with contrast back pleat, a women’s pantsuit, and a men’s shirt-slacks-sweater combo. All of the pieces have red accents. Gurung humbly ceded “it was an easy task” as red is his favorite color, and that the tunic he designed was something he wanted to design for his own collection for a while.
We also got a little one-on-one time with the designer, who elaborated on his Sephora collab.
Where did you look for inspiration for the uniforms?
In having been to a Catholic school for 10 years and having to wear a uniform, I wanted to make sure it felt comfortable and was functional, and that it didn’t look shabby.
We love your runway beauty looks, like the orchid lip from your spring show. What’s your favorite makeup look?
Great skin, and either mascara and that’s it or lipstick, a great lip.
What’s your beauty philosophy?
It’s really, really eating healthy. You know, all the things your mom used to say — sleep well, this and that. And I think the most important thing is a positive attitude about life. I think that reflects in what you wear, how you wear. And sometimes someone’s attitude — their presence, negative or positive — it changes everything. I think that’s my biggest beauty philosophy: just having an optimistic, positive attitude.
Would you ever consider doing a full beauty line?
I’d love to! That is definitely the goal.