Aaron Moran's reclaimed wood sculptures were the touchstone for Prabal Gurung's new collection. They capture, for him, the beautiful decay he witnessed on a recent trip home to Nepal and provided the Rorschach-like motif that's become a trademark over the last couple of seasons. A jacket, shirt, and shorts combo in the repeating pattern looked familiar, but when the design was reproduced oversize on a simple white shift it felt fresh.
Gurung was at his strongest thinking along similarly reduced lines. A black and white double-layer dress had a graphic punch, as did another A-line frock in blue and tomato red. Those colors turned up again in the knitwear, a growth area for the designer. His pants—a little bit stretchy, slightly flared—do a great business too. For evening, he paired nearly neon silks with nude mesh corsetry details in another nod to Moran's work. The emphasis here: beauty, plain and simple.
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