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110 posts tagged "Prabal Gurung"

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Primary Colors At The BIFAs

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Amid the usual sea of award-show black, two actresses stood out at the British Independent Film Awards last night: Carey Mulligan (left, in Prabal Gurung, with a Roger Vivier clutch) and Rosamund Pike (right, in Vionnet and Charlotte Olympia heels). The jolt of primary colors livened up what might otherwise have been a duller fête, and made the continuing case for flashing brights. Over on this side of the Atlantic, designers have been making it, too. At Michael Kors’ pre-fall appointments last week, Kors showed a collection of wearable separates in an electric palette of fire-engine red and Yves Klein blue, offset with black and white (center). What do you think? Who wore it best at the BIFAs? And will you be bold with strong color this season?

Photos: Rex / Rex USA (Mulligan, Pike); Courtesy of Michael Kors (Kors)

Quiet Riot

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Unis’ Eunice Lee isn’t one to shout. The Parsons-trained menswear designer—one of the few visible women steadfastly working in the men’s game—makes clothes that are understated and unbranded. “Even the fit is really quiet,” she’s said. So despite being carried by stores like Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, and Fred Segal, holding court in her own Elizabeth Street boutique, and counting the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal as admirers, she’s mostly flown under the radar.

The past year has seen that change somewhat, with her nomination for GQ‘s Best New Menswear Designer award this year. But though Unis may be many things, “new” isn’t one of them. The label celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, and toasted the occasion with a rager at New York’s Dominion over the weekend. “It’s crazy how time flies—so hard to believe it’s already been ten years,” Lee said with a shrug. Prabal Gurung, Tim Hamilton, Humberto Leon, and half of the men’s editors and stylists in New York—many clad in Unis chinos—came out, as did a surprise guest: Mos (the artist formerly known as Mos Def, pictured, with Lee). The rapper-turned-actor is a longtime fan of the label and, Lee confides, a huge fan of those chinos. Fresh from a performance at Lincoln Center, where he’s starring in the John Guare play A Free Man of Color, he paused the raucous dancing with a serenade, “The Way You Look Tonight.”

Photo: Courtesy of Unis

Prabal Gurung Gets Obsessed

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Three people enter a room: Popeye, Julius Caesar, and Georgina Chapman. No, that’s not the beginning of a bad joke (though there’s a buck in it for whoever comes up with the best punch line). All three found their way into the work of artist Cary Kwok, and all three are on a view at Obsession, a new exhibition of Kwok’s work curated by none other than Prabal Gurung (above, with Kwok).

Kwok’s intricate ballpoint pen drawings of his “obsessions” caught Gurung’s eye a while back. And when the designer was offered the chance to curate a show at the gallery (he presented his first two collections in the space), Kwok was his first choice. “I wanted to do the exhibit because it takes my mind off of fashion, and it’s good to take a little time off,” Gurung laughed.

His inaugural show suggests he’s got a good, playful eye for unlikely juxtapositions. (A portrait of Audrey Hepburn hangs side by side with a homoerotic rendering that looks like it could illustrate a particularly blue passage from William S. Burroughs.) “I wanted it to be a little tongue-in-cheek, but not obviously vulgar,” Gurung said. His favorite among the ink-on-paper drawings include ones of Chanel perfume bottles, a peacock plume, and a caricature of the Marchesa designer (who made an appearance in the flesh at the opening, too). But the recently named CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner (he scooped up one of the two $100,000 runner-up prizes) doesn’t think of himself as an art buff—he just knows what he likes. “Art to me is something you get absorbed in,” Gurung told us. “You don’t have to think about whether it inspires you or not, you just enjoy it.”

Obsession is on view through January 29 at FLAG Art Foundation, 545 W. 25th St., 9th floor, NYC, www.flagartfoundation.com.

Photo: Hanuk/hanukhanuk.com

Down The Rabbit Hole…

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Halloween: the new three-day weekend. The fashion set donned its costumes (what, you think professional dressers content themselves with just one?) for 72-plus hours of revelry. And while some were skimpy and some were envy-inducing (we’re looking at you, Karmen Pedaru in Altuzarra), many were flat-out great, from Eddie Borgo as Pee-wee Herman to Prabal Gurung as Marc Jacobs to Brad Goreski as blogger Tavi Gevinson to Eugenie Niarchos as Alice (of Wonderland fame, complete with white rabbit). Check out our complete Halloween roundup, and let us know: Who had the best costume of the night?

Photos: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com (Gurung, Niarchos, Borgo); Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene (Goreski)

The Minimalism Memo: Gwyneth Gets It, Kate Ignores

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At Elle‘s Women in Hollywood bash at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills last night, Gwyneth Paltrow exuded a “less is more” kind of vibe, sporting a long-sleeved, non-plunging Calvin Klein Collection shift in an on-trend ultra-bright hue, (relatively) sensible sandals, and scant jewelry. Kate Hudson, on the other hand, went for a draped, origami-esque dress by Prabal Gurung, complete with a paillette-festooned shoulder and stilettos so high she ultimately ditched them. Our quibble with Kate’s look: If going for all-out glam, the hair should probably look less out-all-night. Which of these two very different dress code interpretations do you prefer?

Photo: Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images