April 18 2014

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Bollywood Calling For Prabal Gurung


For a young designer, Prabal Gurung has an impressive stock of celeb credits, including Carey Mulligan, Anne Hathaway, Thandie Newton, and Kristen Stewart. Then there’s MObama and Demi Moore, who famously took to Twitter to proclaim her love of PG. Still, Gurung could barely contain his excitement at last night’s Atelier Swarovski dinner when he pulled out his phone to show off a snapshot of the serious Bollywood trio he had the chance to dine with last week: legendary actress Shabana Azmi and major directors Mira Nair and Karan Johar. Azmi is in New York starring in the play Broken Images. Gurung hasn’t dressed her yet but hopes to. “I don’t really reach out to people, but she’s known about me for a while,” he said. He also revealed that Aishwarya Rai, who’s like Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts rolled up into a single subcontinental supernova, has also expressed interest in borrowing a frock or two. That event should be a pretty major one with the family back in Nepal. But Gurung is taking things in stride. “It’s just fun for me. I’m not trying to be serious about it. I’m serious here,” he said, gesturing to the view from the Trump Soho’s 46th floor. Still, there’s nothing like your first celebrity love.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos/

Turn On Your Brights


Sometimes, trends that make a bright start in New York fade by the time the shows reach Europe, like brash Americans snubbed by their continental cousins. But that’s not the case with the brilliant fluoro tones that lit up Spring ’11 in NYC (at Prabal Gurung, below right, and Proenza Schouler, below center). Vivid, neon colors—most especially hazard orange, often paired with tense aqua blues and shocking pinks—have hit the runways in London (at Jonathan Saunders, above left, and Christopher Kane, below left) and now in Milan at Gucci (above right). Not recommended for the faint of heart.

Photos: All by Yannis Vlamos /, except Proenza Schouler by Monica Feudi /

D&G Open Their Doors To Others, Get Your Proenza Platforms While You Can, And More…


Dolce e Gabbana, sticking up for the little guys? The designers will now be stocking the work of up-and-coming designers—including Yigal Azrouël, Sophie Théallet, Behnaz Sarafpour, and Fausto Puglisi—at a new shop in Milan. They’re even doing the buying and outreach personally. [WWD]

Proenza Schouler’s Fall ’10 platforms were so great, we almost snatched them right off the runway. We didn’t do it then, but we might try it now: There are a very few runway-only shoes, which never went into production, now at Opening Ceremony. [Fashionologie]

Meet the man behind the gowns: Prabal Gurung takes a moment on his blog to introduce Ari Magallanes, the Ecuadorian dressmaker who helps create his showstopping dresses. [Prabal Gurung]

Meanwhile, Jason Wu shares the tunes that were spinning at his Spring ’11 show. [Jason Wu]

And another cover coup for back-in-the-limelight Kristen McMenamy: The gray-haired vixen will be on the cover of the next i-D, fully frizzed. [Design Scene]

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

Fresh From The Feed

-------’s Fashion Feed brings you the best of the news around the Web and on Twitter, and ranks the most-discussed designers, labels, models, and celebrities. In our weekly series, we call out the top five designers of the previous week (with our handy gloss on the hows and whys).

1. Marc Jacobs (pictured; last week: 1)
Not long after Marc Jacobs’ Harper’s Bazaar interview with Calvin Klein hit the Web, his September Interview Q&A—with longtime business partner Robert Duffy—is now online.

2. Alexander Wang (last week: 4)
As fall deliveries continue to hit stores and online retailers, Wang mania continues—especially for accessories, which shoe-bloggers continue to rhapsodize over. Savvy shoppers can find deals, too: Marked-down buckle boots from Wang’s previous season are available at Barneys’ warehouse sale, though not, we presume, for long.

3. Prabal Gurung (last week: N/A)
The Nepal-born designer—and first-time listee—is busily preparing for fashion week, with a little help from Swarovski, which is underwriting his show this season. But that’s not to say it’s all work and no play—he still found time last week to co-host a benefit raising funds for a women’s health center in India.

4. Karl Lagerfeld (last week: N/A)
New York will get a dose of Lagerfeld next month when the Couture Council honors him at their annual luncheon. Ticket sales were kicked off at the Council’s party last week. Meanwhile, Lagerfeld debuted his new Chanel campaign, starring Crystal Renn.

5. Alexander McQueen (last week: N/A)
The last works of the late, great McQueen made their way online last week: a dress McQueen designed for his friend Annabel Neilson, and a gorgeous, hummingbird-covered rug made for The Rug Company.

Photo: Marcio Madeira /

Light On Target


It’s a bold move (or a bout of hyperbole) to call an event a Fashion Spectacular. But to describe how very spectacularly Target showed us all up (an overcrowded group that included Mary-Louise Parker, Nina Garcia, Penn Badgley, and Prabal Gurung, hemmed in by protesters from the retailer’s current gay rights controversy), let’s cut to the basics. First—perhaps in a Midwest kind of mind-set—the Minneapolis-based chain went big: renting 155 of the famously clear-windowed rooms on the southern facade of the Standard Hotel in New York big. A dazzling light show masterminded by Bionic League smartly made use of said giant windows; rooms were filled with 66 dancers performing choreographed dance and light sequences, which included everything from replicating falling raindrops to a Chicago-inspired routine that prompted one former skeptic to cheer, “That was insane!” There was a runway on ground-level, too, where models showed off fall merchandise, but with the lights and dancers, who was looking?

Flying in for the night, Target’s senior vice president of merchandising, Trish Adams, did make New Yorkers feel a bit better about being out-razzle-dazzled. “When we come here, it’s usually to see what’s going on,” she explained. “Most of the trends come from the city.” To that effect, Garcia, who recently signed on as Target’s style expert, will be on the hunt for the latest and greatest. “It’s perfect because I’m basically doing what I already do, which is to see what’s out there—definitely can’t complain!” the Project Runway judge and Marie Claire fashion director enthused. With fashion week looming, Garcia et al. will soon have plenty of new trend reports for the dissecting. But even its specter couldn’t keep a few devoted designers away. “I’m at the office until at least 8 p.m. every day,” Gurung said of his hectic pre-NYFW schedule. “I like to call it controlled stress,” the designer added, on taking time to check out the light show. “I’m also working out four days a week at 7 a.m., and I just started doing yoga, too.” Now that’s a flexible business plan.

Photo: Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullin