EXCLUSIVE: Prabal Gurung Unveils His Spring Armor-------
Prabal Gurung has always taken the notion of a powerful woman seriously (see: sharp tailoring, bondage detailing, harness belts, etc.), and this season will be no different. For Spring ’14, Gurung collaborated with New York-based jeweler Chris Habana on a covetable collection of tough-chic, striking statement pieces, such as acrylic-adorned armor rings (which debut exclusively here) and razor-embellished ear cuffs. “What initially drew me to the beauty of Chris’ designs is that they are so raw yet painstakingly crafted,” Gurung told Style.com. “My heart lies downtown and his work reminds me of the glory days of New York, particularly the East Village, which was the underground epicenter of creativity.”
To wit, each sculptural piece suggests a Space Age punk warrior with a dash of ladylike subversion, via high-polish sterling silver accentuated with 3-D-laser-mapped embellishments like ornate roses (on Instagram, the designer hinted that the latter will be a recurring motif in his show on Saturday). According to Gurung, the bijoux also echo his Spring collection’s theme of “preservation,” translated through combining couture fabrics with the latest technology.
Despite the unlikely pairing (Habana’s clients include pop provocateurs such as Azalea Banks and Nicki Minaj, while Gurung’s well-heeled following includes First Lady Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge), the resulting mélange of uptown polish and downtown edge is exactly what Gurung intended. “The kind of woman who fascinates me is someone who has femininity with a bite,” said Gurung. “These pieces truly encompass that philosophy of a refined, exquisite beauty who has just the right amount of grit.”
Prices range from $400 to $1,000.