Prabal Gurung



New York: Like his contemporary Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung recently rose from virtual unknown to fashion darling with the help of First Lady Michelle Obama. This season, it felt as though Gurung was aware of his newfound audience and tried to present all of his ideas at once, lest their attention shift to another. The pressure to perform was a double-edged sword, as it helped the designer create some of his best pieces yet, but the dizzying amount of ideas presented was overwhelming at points. A punchy palette of mango, aquamarine and this season’s hottest tone, orange-red, enlivened slim, calf-length sheaths and pencil skirts, and geometric color blocking felt optimistic and fun. Fringed tops and dresses provided a bit of movement, and the divine drapery that Gurung displayed for F/W 10 returned for liquid silk tops and dresses. The young Nepalese designer has obvious talent; his next step will be to channel it in a more concise way.

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