Prabal Gurung F/W 15

Posted by janelle | February 18th, 2015

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Prabal Gurung F/W 15

Call it peak performance; Prabal Gurung might not seem like a mountain man but the designer’s love of nature continues to influence his collections. Back in spring Gurung looked to the Himalayas for inspiration which resulted in an exquisite and technologically charged collection. Fall brings Gurung full circle with a trek through the Adirondacks and its lush color palette. Gurung attributes his love of mountain to the serene and mediative qualities he finds in their midst, the kind of tranquility one rarely gets on the bustling streets of New York City. For a designer this kind of fashion respite can serve as an important part of the creative process, aka time to refocus and shape ideas. The looks presented on Gurung’s fall runway were worlds away from the colorful, kinetic looks he sent out for spring, yet no less interesting. Simple, luxurious American sportswear served as the basis for a collection dominated by modernity There wasn’t a single silhouette on Gurung’s runway that couldn’t be called classic, but his use of materials made it all feel new again. A crepe slip dress is pure 90s, but when it’s layered with a fox trimmed wool duffle coat it becomes indicative of 2015’s mood.

This merger of classic and current was echoed in the casting which brought back some of fashion’s favorite ninties and noughties beauties: Kirsty Hume, Christina Kruse, Tasha Tilberg, Frankie Rayder, and Luca Gadjus strutted alongside fresh faces like Amilna Estevao and Astrid Holler. The combination of models simply felt right; you don’t have to be 20 to pull off Gurung’s smartly cut lambskin skirts, nor does one need maturity to look right in his Swarovski embellished tank dresses. These are clothes for every woman with the power and pocketbook to indulge themselves in a taste of luxury. As always with Gurung’s showings the best was saved for last, a tonal sequined tank gown on Ondria Hardin offering a relaxed take on glamour that hammered home the collection’s message of laid-back decadence. Elsewhere in the finale Caroline Trentini proved you don’t have to show any skin to radiate sensuality, closing the show in a hand embroidered navy gown that merely hinted at her famous curves.

Prabal Gurung F/W 2015

Review by Janelle Okwodu
Photos by Julia Chesky for models.com

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