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EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Scenes At ICB’s Digital Fashion Show

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Backstage at a fashion show? Been there, hundreds of times. But backstage at a digital fashion show? Never. On the Friday before Labor Day, Prabal Gurung and his ICB team gathered at a studio in Williamsburg to shoot the label’s second digital show, which goes live online tomorrow morning, and I was happy to sign up for the meta experience. If a show is virtual, does a backstage exist?

ICB was one of the original brands to sign onto KCD’s digital fashion show initiative last season—and its sophomore effort promises to be a more engaging experience than the first. Gurung hired Magnus Berger and Tenzin Wild as creative directors, and the Last Magazine co-founders (who joined a crew that included stylist Tiina Laakkonen, Gurung’s show producer Stacy Striegel, and at least 50 other fashion professionals, six of whom were wielding cameras), produced a set inspired by Richard Serra sculptures. Instead of walking down a straight runway with a plain white background, the models navigate through a maze. Part of the pleasure at a runway show is seeing the reactions of the people around you. Until KCD signs a partnership with Second Life, we’ll content ourselves with the Serra-esque walls.

Here, some photos from the “backstage.”


Photos: Courtesy of ICB

Exclusive: Pre-Fall Prabal

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After winning a large chunk of change from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Prabal Gurung decided it only seemed natural to launch a pre-fall collection.

“You have to do all four seasons at this point,” he says of his first pre-fall collection, debuting exclusively here on Style.com in this video made during his lookbook shoot with photographer Dan Martensen, who has worked with the likes of i-D, The New York Times, and The Last Magazine. “It’s a huge opportunity to introduce new categories and more sportswear pieces—it’s an incredibly important season.”

Here, Gurung’s girls Alana Zimmer, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Kate King, and Ming Xi (all have walked in his shows) model his latest efforts. “With this collection, I developed a particular print that I had taken a picture of. I had this printmaker in London that I was working with and it looks like a kaleidoscope,” Gurung tells Style.com, in between meticulously pintucking Zimmer’s dress and picking out the perfect pair of Linda Farrow shades with his longtime stylist, Tiina Laakkonen, as Rihanna blasts from the stereo in the background. “We worked to develop the image more and more and more. I didn’t want it to have the same floral idea of my Spring collection—if you look, it’s pretty from afar, but up close, it’s a little hard.” The kaleidoscope print appears throughout the collection, on featherweight T-shirts (his first), Lurex and cashmere jacquard knits, and multiple silk wool or silk georgette pieces in rich green and jet black.

A pre-fall collection isn’t the only new addition to his growing list of accomplishments—Gurung has been hard at work with his new duties as chief designer for ICB, a label that hasn’t been sold in the States for nearly a decade. “The design integrity, aesthetic, and what I believe in will be the same,” he says of his vision for the new ICB collection. “Obviously I come from the American couture background, but there’s also a side of me that lives in the East Village, you know? It will reflect that a little bit more, but not in an obvious East Village way; this will have more grit.”

Prabal Gurung’s Fashion Week Diary

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In the lead-up to New York fashion week, designers go through hundreds of behind-the-scenes preparations to arrive at the completed show. This NYFW, we’ve sweet-talked a few of them into giving us an exclusive peek behind the curtain as they cast, score, style, and ready their presentations. Next up: Prabal Gurung.

“It’s all about the details—the perfect draping and fit is crucial to each and every piece. I had [patternmaker] Nicolas Caito come in and work his brilliance. And the blush pink color of this dress…well, kind of makes me blush!” Continue Reading “Prabal Gurung’s Fashion Week Diary” »

Carey Mulligan’s Oscar Dress Revealed—Almost

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An Education was the movie that earned Carey Mulligan her ticket to the Oscars, but the out-of-body experience of being nominated is more like something out Avatar. “I met Dustin Hoffman in London, at the BAFTAs, and he said to me, ‘I feel like I’m just going to wake up one day and I’m going to have tubes and wires coming out of me, and I will have been in a coma for the last 30 years.’ I feel exactly the same, being in a category with Meryl Streep,” the Hollywood ingenue said on her way into the Chateau Marmont yesterday, where the Diamond Information Center was throwing a spring-themed luncheon in her honor.

Mulligan’s dress choice was daffodil Bottega Veneta, a perfect match for the trellises and pink bouquets decorator David Rodgers had arranged in the hotel’s Bungalow One. (“Serendipity,” explained Mulligan’s stylist, Tiina Laakkonen, who let it slip that Mulligan will be wearing a European designer on Sunday.)

“It’s been a little trying,” Mulligan confessed of all the dolling up she’s had to do of late, “but I wear things that are kind of interesting and scary and fun, so I enjoy it.” Nothing scary on Sunday, though, “because it’s the Oscars, and you dream about it from when you were a little kid. So you don’t want to go and do the wild thing. You want to—not play it safe, necessarily, but just feel like, you know, if it only ever happens once, you wore something nice.” And if it happens again? “Well,” Mulligan said. And she stopped there.

Photo: Courtesy of the Diamond Information Center

Photo: Courtesy of the Diamond Information Center