Feminist and Activist Gloria Steinem inspire Prabal Gurung for Spring.
Keep The Buzz Going
Prabal Gurung has kept his name buzzing leading up to his Spring 2017 runway show. First, the announcement that he would be designing an 18 piece limited-edition collection for the plus-size focused retailer Lane Bryant that will release next March. That was followed up by a couple of famous ladies, Margot Robbie and Solange Knowles who wore designs from Gurung to ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ Beijing premiere and House of Peroni opening party respectively. And after today’s showing, you can safely assume the buzz will continue as Prabal’s debut Sunday Evening impressed from beginning to end.
My Life On The Road
The starting point for this collection was My Life On The Road, a book that recounts Activist Gloria Steinem’s life experiences. Steinem was involved in the fight for feminism and Gurung was inspired by her tenacity. So with that attitude in mind, as well as paintings from William Kentridge, photographs by Taryn Simon and neons by Tracey Emin, a spring collection was born. For daywear, thin slouchy knit sweaters that fell off the shoulder, white carwash leather skirts with rings piercing through the hide and feminine frocks with many black and white prints on them were favorites. Embroidered tops spelled out quotes like “nothing more…nothing less…” and, “our backs tell story no book have the spine to carry” and accompanied handkerchief hem skirts or cropped leather pants. The handkerchief hem also found itself on the collections biggest hit dresses with tassel and sequin embellishments. Suits hit the catwalk last and though a gown or two would have been nice to see, power suits in a powerful collection appropriately ended the show.