Have you ever wondered where Emily Ratajkowski’s dress for the Met Gala came from? Its structure, signature detailing and dark color didn’t lie, and those who though it was a Prabal Gurung creation just by looking at it, were right. Designed for the Prabal Gurung resort 2017 collection, Ratajkowski’s dress closes the line-up, which starts with an equally sophisticated, yet less Met Gala-worthy, Roaring Twenties-inspired asymmetrical dress, with the overall style and attitude taking the lead in the entire collection.
For his resort 2017 line-up, Prabal Gurung focused on two different things, managing to combine them perfectly in different looks and, of course, bringing them to life in the best artisanal way possible. While an elevated sense of ease and coziness runs throughout the collection, it is also undeniably true that each design exudes certain old-time elegance we often take for granted.
Prabal Gurung’s aim was delivering something that was as comfortable as one-of-a-kind, and in doing so he kept in mind his ‘resort woman’. “Resort and holiday should be about living, enjoying, having fun,” he stated backstage. “Whenever she travels, [my client] wants to feel easy, comfortable.”
And what’s better than using Roaring Twenties motifs to embody such a jocose and adventurous spirit? From mannish suits to drop-waisted lines, the collection clearly wants us to partake in Gurung’s vintage party, which however leaves some space for his notorious Far East-inspired references, slightly boho inspirations and layered figures as well.
Origami gowns, Japanese-style kimono jackets and textured gowns, off-shoulder necklines and bell-bottom cropped pants are absolutely fabulous, always coming adorned with the collection’s Art Deco-inspired patters and structures. Layers and vertical lines lessen the distances between architecture and fashion, yet always highlight Gurung’s passion for relaxed cuts and sinuous figures. Layering mimics the Roaring Twenties music too, the jazz melodies and Charleston dance moves making the dresses literally dance.
Although predominantly made of dark colors, the collection includes a few total-white ensembles too, going even further in the color palette with the use of sleek, translucent silver patterns. When not featuring layers of fabrics, Gurung chose to alternate colorful patterns in the form of wide, horizontal stripes, which keep on succeeding in his goal of creating timeless looks.
Versatile and wearable, the Prabal Gurung resort 2017 collection denotes the designer’s care for each garment, here brought forth through intricate details, fringed appliqués and deconstructed pieces. “This can easily go from the office, to a lunch or elsewhere…it’s very versatile,” concluded Prabal, with an artful air that wafts as we finish browsing through the lookbook’s pictures.
Photos courtesy of Vogue