The feather prints of Prabal Gurung’s designs are the perfect illustrations we’ve seen in NYFW so far. Why? Because they sum up the entire collection with a single image. As you’ve probably noticed, Prabal Gurung’s collection is all about soft and airy sensations floating around your skin. It’s actually a new exciting design experiment – Gurung’s new fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection, presented at NYFW.
There was a lot of attention on the essence of the collection; printed on the show notes, the designer promised the audience a “softening of silhouettes and an ease in shape with oversize coats and effortless knits.”
What a checklist! You will always notice the woman walking down the street, wearing a dress from this collection. Prabal Gurung has always been a master in eveningwear; this time he mixed his skills with the notion of undone-ness (an alien feature to eveningwear, and that’s why we love it!) and effortlessness.
Let’s start with the inspiration. If you’ve ever read Henri Rousseau’s “Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest” and Lord Byron’s “She Walks in Beauty,” you might find hints and clues in the collection itself. The show started with a snowy tale of three completely white looks, the first one being a duffle coat adorned with a puffy fox-fur collar that can brighten up any winter day. The second one displayed a long white sweater that closed like a shell on a flowy white skirt.
As the show proceeded, the color palette transformed into cold icy blues, creams, browns, hot burgundy, bloody reds, and finally ending the dance in black and white. The party ended with two showstopper dresses, the darker side of the designer – a strapless black gown, and the lightest ray of the inspiration – an elegant white gown. This last dress was surely the highest point of art in the Prabal Gurung fall 2016 collection, with the ethereal, embroidered chiffon train floating behind it. A bridal gown? Could be! Could be a red carpet dress or simply a stunning look at a fancy part. You decide the occasion!
Due to the inspiration, the collection was kept up to elegance standards with knee-length dresses, lace godet skirts, and romantic furry coats. Special care was taken around the shoulder area, where the dresses had cuts or flares, making the dresses a perfect look for casual flirts and killer dance moves.
The cuts on the skirts particularly looked spectacular in the movement. They revealed the many layers hidden underneath the slashes, a design that craves some wind to show off its true power.
While the Prabal Gurung fall 2016 collection was not styled in the most romantic manner we’ve ever seen, it does contain a fairytale touch that enhances femininity in the gentlest way possible.
Photos courtesy of Vogue