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111 posts tagged "Prabal Gurung"

The Manish Arora Recipe:
Tears And Tandoori

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Manish Arora works between New Delhi and Paris, but that’s been no deterrent in his current mini-takeover of Mercer Street. You can see his unmistakable kaleidoscopic and cartoony visual stamp in the windows of the Nespresso store at the corner of Prince Street, and if you wander south, you’ll now stumble upon his new jewelry collection with Swarovski at the Crystallized store between Spring and Broome. Gathered last night to celebrate the latter was an impressive crowd of subcontinental talents: director Mira Nair, actor-cum-jeweler Waris Ahluwalia, and designers Bibhu Mohaptra, Prabal Gurung, and Rachel Roy.

“I remember his first show,” said Gurung (left, with the designer), who worked for Arora right after graduating from New Delhi’s National Institute of Fashion. “It was the Hotel Parth. There wasn’t a single person who wasn’t crying during the finale.”

“There’s always a lot of crying at my shows,” laughed Arora. “I don’t know why.”

“People had been waiting for him to do his own stuff,” Gurung continued. “When he launched, everything came free. The models did it for free. The only thing he paid for was the clothes. I remember there was a model eating a chicken tandoori.” On the runway? Yes.

Not that Arora’s shows have mellowed much in the intervening 14 years. Recall the eye-popping Spring 2011 dress topped with a sculpted gold ribcage worn recently by Gaga-esque fashion savant Nicki Minaj. Arora’s Swarovski pieces—a series of heart-shaped crystal pendants—are relatively understated but no less stylish. At any rate, fashion’s romance with Arora may further flourish if the rumors that he’s up to helm Paco Rabanne have any truth. To that end, Arora issued no denials. We’ll take that as a strong maybe.

Photo: Chance Yeh / PatrickMcMullan.com

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)