On Prabal Gurung’s latest trip back to his native Nepal he brought plenty back in the way of inspiration. His visit had him thinking about the remote kingdom of Mustang, a Himalayan territory wedged between his own country and Tibet, that Gurung considers one of the last remaining Shangri-las. It must have made quite an impression, because he has produced one of his most savvy and esthetically pleasing collections to date.
The show opened with some of my favorite looks: thick chunky waffle and cable knit sweaters, with scarves and pashmina wraps worn high around the neck, and luxurious fur cropped coats and vests all paired with asymmetrically draped chiffon microskirts. The models wore delicate ankle strapped shoes with tiny bells that jingled softly as they strode down the runway.
It was a collection of wrapping and draping, done with sublime color combinations (the multi-colored fur coat could almost make me rethink my stance on fur) and novelty fabrics – tapestry printed cotton and tweed and embroidered organzas. Other favorites were the deconstructed and draped pantsuits, loved the dichotomy of pairing satin and wool fabrics.
It was a tactile rich collection, full of exoticism. One which showcased Prabal’s growing versatility.
A few looks from some of my other favorite boys on the block – Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag and Bone . There are many pieces here – the to-the-knee-lace-up boots and men’s wear inspired jackets (love them paired with their pencil skirts) that I’m sure we will see crowding the streets come next fall!