Pragmatism and structuralism, that’s how one could describe the Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2016 collection just by using two single words. Renowned for his ladylike dresses with sensual touches, the Nepalese-American fashion designer has just showcased one of his most eclectic, wearable and versatile line-ups, which makes sure any woman could find all the necessary fashions she needs to look flawless from day to nighttime.
“I think of it as high summer because it delivers in May, June, July. So here is one girl that’s in the city and wants transitional cottons, and then there is another girl who already bought everything she needs but still wants to shop, so she is preparing for the fall,” Gurung stated, fearlessly combining different fabrics and design patterns for his pre-fall 2016 collection.
With a color palette that ranges from black and white to fuchsia, burgundy and blue, the Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2016 collection also likes to play with layers, utilizing geometrical lines that perfectly recall the collection’s structured cuts and ample use of ruffles, roomy sleeves and fluid trousers. Gurung also made sure his pieces could be both trans-seasonal and transitional from day to night, meaning that one just needs to add a luxe accessory or a pair of high heels to make a flawless transition from a day at the office to a night out with friends. That’s, for instance, the case of the ruffle-sleeved cotton tunic, which has been paired with a sophisticated pencil skirt in black lace. “You could wear this on its own with sandals during the summer, or dress it up,” Gurung suggested candidly, highlighting once again his pragmatism.
Although being incredibly versatile, the collection may be divided into three separate sections, according to their original purpose and color palette. We thus have the business-ready pieces, the night out looks and the daytime outfits, perfect for both formal and informal dates. While the formal pieces combine bell-bottom trousers with voluminous butterfly sleeves and tight-fitting smoking jackets, Gurung’s evening dresses definitely have a more glam rock allure, with their sleek fabrics combined with see-trough lace embroideries and oversized jackets and coats. V-necklines, lateral slits and naked shoulders enhance both the business dresses and the night out dresses, while lace fabrics and transparencies have been mixed with the daytime pieces, which definitely add a bit of dazzle to the collection.
It must have been, indeed, a lot of fun for Gurung to add such bold prints to the collection, as he is mainly renowned for his (un)usual palette of bright and vivid colors. That’s why Gurung’s fans always can count on appealing and colorful alternatives from the designer. This season they have a blue floral tuxedo, a tromp l’oeil layered dress in cranberry red, a silky jumpsuit in burgundy and many salmon pink blouses with mixed patterns. For those who only need to add a touch of color to their outfits, Gurung offers bright blue pointy sandals and a lovely grey sweater with fuchsia striped detailing.
Last but not least, the Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2016 collection also features some must-have all-white pieces that would make anyone look like a contemporary Greek goddess at any late summertime party.
Photos courtesy of Vogue