A simple pallet of luxurious fabrics was the basis to a deceivingly simple ready-to-wear spring collection. Prabal Gurung premiered a truly passionate line of clothing that also gave us an intimate view of Nepal. In response to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook his homeland of Kathmandu earlier this year, Gurung put all of his efforts into fundraising for the cause, and redirected the passion into the new Prabal Gurung spring/summer 2016 line.
“If it wasn’t for the fashion industry, I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” said Gurung, referencing his relief organization Shikshya Foundation Nepal. He was able to pour his soul into the clothing line while raising both money and awareness for the cause.
Before his first piece walked the runway, a large group of monks wearing traditional robes prayed, as a showing of Gurung’s appreciation for the one million dollars raised for his cause. This sincere beginning was the perfect precedent to the 36-year-old designer’s feminine yet bold line. His entire line held a minimal feeling overall, but that only served to embellish the colors and patterns splashed throughout.
The first piece sent down the runway provided a preview of what the whole Prabal Gurung spring 2016 collection would be about: simple elegance and a strong sense of his Nepalese roots. As each new piece had its moment of fame walking the runway, we could clearly see the traditional silhouettes in ways they had never been shown before. Halter tops and deep V-necks are two of the recurring shapes you can see from his collection. Each is beautiful alone, but as a cohesive collection, Gurung was able to tell a story and convey his feelings toward the situation in Nepal.
Gurung’s color choice is the star of his clothing line this season. His utilization of varying, soft oranges, pinks, yellows and whites projected his aim for simplicity, and also ramped up the vibrant beauty of his pieces that broke that trend. These pieces were interspersed throughout, but there was one moment that really hits home. His deep, vibrant orange halter dress comes to mind, which also served as the finale piece; a lasting reminder of strength and boldness, despite the femininity of the flowing skirt.
Many of his pieces this season celebrate femininity and classic beauty, as with his A-line skirts and shift dresses, but spiced his line up with a few singled out pieces. A black patterned twist on a shift dress followed a black jumpsuit with a like-pattern and mesh-covered midriff. These two pieces come instantly to mind when looking for the strength in Gurung’s collection. While his feminine, flowing pieces show his staple elegance, the incorporation of the idea of a strong woman is present as well.
Prabal Gurung hit the nail on the head with his 2016 spring collection. The beginning prayer did not add any sort of heaviness or religious notes to his line, but rather served as a refresher; a moment of reflection for the audience. Gurung was able to stay true to himself and reflect back to his roots while expressing his freedom as a designer. The story behind his clothes was a powerful reflection of his roots and passion toward Kathmandu, and if there is one thing we can be certain of, it is that Prabal Gurung has stories to tell, and as long as he is designing clothes there will be audiences to listen.
Photos courtesy of Vogue