December 09, 2013 New York
Still, a browse through the racks indicates that he's developing smaller-ticket items alongside what he calls his "sportswear with couture ideals." Printed T-shirts and T-shirt dresses constitute an expanding category, as do clingy fine-gauge knits. Denim is another area he's dabbling in. A sheath with exposed-seam allowances and raw edges had a great fit. Moving up the price spectrum, he's reworking some familiar pieces—peplum tops, a shirtdress—in simple cotton. But in the end with Gurung, it's all about a dress. He showed all kinds in this collection—above the knee, to the floor, full-skirted, clingy. Among the best: a one-shoulder black-and-white number draped over a fitted turtleneck, a strapless party frock paired with a bolero-cum-cape, and a rose-print silk duchesse gown with a matching T-shirt tossed over the top that combined elegance with edge. Remove the tee, and it was a strapless dress—two knockouts for the price of one.