Prabal Gurung Is ‘Praying That America Does The Right Thing’
On the average day, you’d be hard pressed to get us to stop tweeting for any period of time. But for a good half hour at last night’s Prabal Gurung for Target collection preview, we sadly had to stash our phones away. When we walked into the Target Studios in Midtown, we had to sign an ironclad non-disclosure agreement that forbade us from taking any pics. Of course, that makes writing about the clothes and accessories a bit difficult, but thankfully, the designer himself was on hand and walked us through the collection.
Racks of clothing and columns of accessories dotted the studio, and Gurung told us that the love-inspired collection is for “every girl that I know, to every girl that I hope to know, and to every girl out there actually!” He said: ”Basically, it’s for anyone who believes in the idea of love. My goal is [to create for] girls and women because they’re the reason my business is existing. It’s like my ode to them.”
Gurung continued to spill the deets on the collection as we toured his wares.
“I always say that the collection is about a girl’s wardrobe and no girl’s wardrobe is complete without black or without colors, so if you look at the collection, it truly represents the complexities of what it is to be a girl or woman. The whole process — like when she crashes into her first love, first heartbreak, first break-up — it’s all that stuff. There’s even a ‘meet the parents’ look — it’s a black and white dress with a little bow. It’s very appropriate!”
One woman who’s gotten a taste of Gurung is Kate Middleton. The Duchess chose a purple floral frock from the designer’s spring 2012 collection for a stop in Singapore during her Asia tour. Gurung had a lot to say to and about the Duchess of Cambridge, but he chose his words carefully:
“I feel really grateful and I feel very blessed because that was a big gesture of kindness from her. It affects not just my life, but my team’s, my industry here, and millions of people back in Nepal. And that — that has a huge impact, and I feel it. Like every core and every part of my existence wants to say, ‘Thank you’. That gesture has inspired so many people.”
And despite the social rule to not discuss politics when you first meet someone, we couldn’t help but pick Gurung’s brain about Barack Obama‘s re-election. After all, this was right before Election Day. Gurung’s answer was simply: “I’m hopeful. At this point, I’m praying that America does the right thing.”