Prabal Gurung Delivers A Pitch-Perfect (And Purple) Spring Collection

Prabal Gurung is a designer you can’t help but root for. He’s young and passionate and exceptionally talented. An industry darling, he doesn’t even have his own store yet. (Of course, this is because yesterday he presented his sixth collection.)  It’s hard to believe Gurung struck out on his own less than three years ago, and he just keeps getting better.

The show took place in Frank Gehry‘s IAC building, where CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg‘s husband Barry Diller presides as chairman of InterActiveCorp. The CFDA (and DVF) certainly has a thing for Gurung — though, honestly, who doesn’t? He’s in the CFDA Fashion Incubator, was a runner-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and was nominated for a CFDA Swarovski Womenswear Award.

As such, it’s no surprise that the guest list was an embarrassment of riches. There was Anna Dello Russo, Bill Cunningham, and Lynn Yaeger. We walked in with Bryan Boy and watched him talk for a while with Cathy Horyn. Scott Schuman sat with Garance Dore. Anna Wintour was nowhere to be found, but Andre Leon Talley, Grace Coddington, and Hamish Bowles rounded out the Vogue crew. Plus Robbie MyersJoe Zee, Brad Goreski, Rachel Zoe, and…well, we could go on and on. But let’s talk about the clothes instead, okay? (Oh, but worth noting: the only non-fashion celebs in attendance were Amanda Seyfried and Nicki Minaj, who looked like she repurposed her VMA ensemble.)

The clothes. Oh, the clothes. Stunning. Special. Spectacular. All good things that start with S. We loved the Rorschach prints (inspired by Japanese artist’s Nobuyoshi Araki’s “Sensual Flowers” photography series), purple metallics, and sheer geometric cutouts. There were this season’s requisite printed pants (see: Peter Som, Nicole Miller), and beautifully detailed dresses. The cuts were flattering and color palette exquisite, things we’ve come to expect from Gurung. Lindsey Wixson and Arizona Muse were among the ombre-lipped models that walked, but it was Karlie Kloss who stole the show with her outstanding strut and standout black gown.

We’re not embarrassed to admit that we got choked up when a beaming Gurung took his bow — and we’re sure we weren’t the only ones who were moved.


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