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Prabal Gurung: “The Vision Gets Clearer Every Season”

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The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation awards, announced this morning, gave seven lucky designers a cool $25,000 to put toward their Fall 2010 shows. Among them: our pal Prabal Gurung (pictured, a look from his standout Spring 2010 show, on which the win was judged). We caught up with the Nepal-born designer for a few words on his runway debut, his red-carpet fans, and a few starlets (sadly unnamed!) who don’t quite measure up to the PG standards.

Congrats, Prabal, on your award. What can we expect from the Fall 2010 collection?
It’s like I always say: From one season to the next, it’s an evolution, not a revolution. Whatever I do in one season, I can do better, and I want to get to a point where it reaches perfection. The vision gets clearer and clearer every season. But it’s going to be the same idea: beautiful fabrics, lots of draping and tailoring, an old-school way of making clothes done in a modern way. But it’s my first runway show and it’s definitely going to have a little bit of attitude.

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The Wu Crew Celebrates

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Last evening, Jason Wu welcomed guests to a cocktail party thrown in his honor at the Soho Grand Hotel to, dare we say it, inaugurate the season. He’d been doing fittings at his studio all afternoon and had to rush to get there. “I took a gypsy cab over,” said the dapper designer, looking completely unruffled in a gray suit and tie. Joining Wu were Olivia Chantecaille, Tina Chai (pictured here with the designer), and Maggie Betts, women who are not only friends but also faithful clients. The designer explained he hasn’t yet had the chance to speak with his most high-profile client, Michelle Obama, since inauguration night, but he did write the First Lady a note. (It read: “Thank you for supporting American fashion and energizing the American market. What a boost!”) Wu also chatted about his own (slightly Barack-like) background, which wended its way through Taiwan, Vancouver, Connecticut, and Tokyo. “I did not speak a word of English until I was nine,” he said. “I went to boarding school [Loomis Chaffee] with everybody from every country. I never saw cultural differences as anything but the norm. That’s my American experience.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan