While the last two seasons found their inspiration in the mountains of Nepal and his people living there, the Prabal Gurung fall/winter 2015-2016 collection gained its spark from the streets of New York itself. Graphic patterns on Native American designs associated with the region served as the backbone it appears, while a picture captured of a nimbus cloud would be later turned into a snow leopard motif. Black lace trims on velveteen dresses certainly create a beautiful number, while organza cloque sheath frocks really have us thinking Prabal Gurung. Patchwork appears many a time within this collection as it has in so many others, including Edun, but instead of the leather, we see the utilization of mink and fox fur collaboration. Lambskin dresses in red bi-chrome have leaflet cuts, while alabaster fur hoods line duffle pieces. There was a certain sharpness and a softer shaping to the whole thing, showing off how the Gurung woman changes and evolves with the times, maturing as the days go by.
Based in New York City, Nepalese American fashion designer Prabal Gurung brings the Himalayas to the Americas. The 36-year-old creative personality launched his first eponymous collection during the February 2009 New York Fashion Week and has been a staple on the runway ever since with his genuine and ingenious designs filling up the room with such great vibes. It truly does show that he was an intern with Donna Karan of DKNY, and his talent in the industry is well presented both on the catwalk and through his multitude of honours and awards, including being names Best Designer in his first year at Parsons School of Design. In 2010 alone he was nominated for a few different awards, including the CFDA Swarovski Womenswear Award, while receiving the title of runner up for the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. With fans both in Hollywood and Bollywood, including everyone from Demi Moore, Emma Watson, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra, along with so many others in the film and music worlds, Prabal Gurung has really gotten to be a household name among the fashion world.
For Prabal Gurung, the idea of sexy does not come from the clinginess of clothing; on the contrary, he revels in the fact that no longer are the females young girls but have matured into women with curves and a confidence to carry themselves in style, no matter how loose or tight the garments worn may be. There is also something quite sporty about the Prabal Gurung fall/winter 2015-2016 collection, which he explains away as being about taking the ease and comfort of sportswear and making it quite glamorous for a single evening. The dresses move with a perfect swish to the gait of the woman wearing it. All the while, Gurung ensures he includes the latest deep V plunging necklines in his designs to give it all more of a sensual edge, having both the woman feel fabulous and those watching her sigh with pleasure at the sight.
To make matters even better, the fashion designer had models like Kristy Hume, Tasha Tilberg and Christina Kruse show off his pieces, what with their over age 30 faces and bodies bearing the beauty of the latest in Prabal Gurung designs. Panels of jet beading, a sheer band at the hem and slits creeping up the thighs can look as amazing on an older, more mature woman as they do on a more youthful, thinner individual. This celebration of women’s individuality is a social statement that has been gaining speed of late, throwing in more kindling into the fire that allows every woman to feel confident in her body, no matter her weight or age.
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