103 posts tagged "Prabal Gurung"
Friday night, Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis unveiled their “African maximalist” Spring ’14 collection in New York. Before the new looks hit the runway, director and videographer Meagan Cignoli trailed the duo as they put the final touches on things. “We actually started with African Bakuba cloths, and somehow took them to a whole other place,” says Beatty of the design process.
Cignoli’s stop-motion video, the first in a series commissioned by Swarovski, makes its exclusive debut here. We’ll be premiering two more films from the project—which highlights New York-based Swarovski Collective designers including Prabal Gurung and Wes Gordon—later this week.
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.”
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The Spring ’14 collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before their new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire selection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Prabal Gurung
WHERE: New York
WHEN: Saturday, September 7
WHAT: ” Preservation”— Prabal Gurung. The designer sent us a glimpse of his Spring ’14 collection, above.
Prabal Gurung got the call on Friday. Lady Gaga was looking for a dress for the VMAs on Sunday night; could he put something together? A 48-hour turnaround in the middle of fashion week prep sounds like a pretty big ask to us, but not for Gurung, who is a self-described “huge, huge, huge fan” of the pop icon. “I think she is one of the most important artists of our time,” he said on the phone this morning, explaining that the gown was fit on Saturday. “I love her music and what she stands for. She is one of the most vocal celebrities on gay rights.” Gaga wasn’t Gurung’s only dressing coup of the weekend; First Lady Michelle Obama wore a blouse from his Resort collection to the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.” They are at opposite ends of the spectrum,” he said, “yet very similar in what they believe.” But what really counts for the designer: Dressing Gaga will ensure his status as the “cool uncle” with his nieces and nephew in Nepal. The black technical satin dress is a riff on a gown that will go down Gurung’s runway at the end of next week. He gave Style.com an exclusive look at the sketch. Don’t miss our complete coverage of the VMAs here.