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NYFW: PRABAL GURUNG SS15

With an infernal heat trapped inside the cavernous Corinthian-lined post office in Chelsea, Prabal Gurung is one of the hottest shows this season, literally

SS15 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

The sweltering scene

“No need for hot yoga tonight,” I overhear from the front row.  With an infernal heat trapped inside the cavernous Corinthian-lined post office in Chelsea, Prabal Gurung is the hottest show of the afternoon – literally.  Shrouded in darkness, feverish guests fan themselves with their cardstock invitations, while the only sign of what might come is a haunting violet glow from above.

Come away with me

The crowd of damp foreheads and sweat-soaked blouses is justified by the implied source of Gurung’s inspiration: an arduous trek through the mountains of his Nepalese youth.  Like a quartz stone, filled with iridescent streaks, Gurung’s Himalayas shimmer with alternating layers of extreme darkness and light.

Wuthering heights

Streaks of serrated color are ruled by rich jewel tones – turquoise, amethyst, all set against flashes of icy, opalescent white.  Yet innovation in fabric is the real power here.  Unclassifiable materials rule a high standard of textural luxury, like a wool crepe that is at once sheer, metallic, and embroidered with iridescent mountain scenes.

Even utilitarian pieces oscillate with dimension.  Light travels through a sheer back panel on an elastic-corded biker jacket, while the swirling patches on a knit sweater evoke geological layers: Gurung’s mountain climber reaches new heights of opulence. 

SS15 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
SS15 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

SS15 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

SS15 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

NYFW: PRABAL GURUNG SS15

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