June 15, 2011 New York
"I wanted to do something not just commercial but also covetable," the designer explained. He pointed out a green silk tank and draped skirt that can be worn separately or together for a total of three looks, and, in contrast, a cocktail dress hand-embroidered with dégradé sequins that were individually singed before being sewn on. In between those two extremes were Prabal signatures like V-neck tank dresses with subtle volume in the skirt and fitted sheaths, the most head-turning one in an ombré matelasse fabric. The designer has built his reputation as a dressmaker, but he lavished special care on his tailoring as well; simple button-downs turned to reveal draped pleats and expertly placed prints. Trust Gurung to bring the drama, day or night.