The women of Prabal Gurung look very different every season, and each with a strong cause to champion.
FW14 looks like it is strongly rooted on Gurung’s origins via the wraps and the monks. And personally, I am loving it.
First there was plenty of asymmetric cut through the body, be it on blazers or the body-con dresses. (So I assumed you wear them standing up straight because they look most beautiful that way) Yet , instead of Donatella’s extreme sexiness, something between those cut-out lines spelled strength and intelligence. That was the strong message within.
Then we have the wrap, which is one of my favourite things of this collection. Pairing up with the full-blown red and orange tone all over, one cannot deny it instantly remind us of monk’s dressing. Some cut-out pieces strike me as how the monks keep their belonging closed to them – all skilfully wrapped up around the body. (Incase of Kung Fu action?) Another not so subtle message from Gurung, a Nepalese American fashion designer who began his designing career in India. This collection exaggerated the influences these places and culture has on Prabal Gurung as a designer. No denying that Nepal and India are both countries with rich cultural rituals and histories, but very little is known beyond their poverty. Now Gurung is showing a collection tribute to the culture, yet keeping it far from copy-and-paste the story on the runway (which we often see). And as if saying: if you do it right, they can be extremely charming, and meaningful. (Just as the countries are)
And so, I think I’m only going to focus on those red and orange ones. Ironically, the clash looks amazingly peaceful, sending out love and joy through fabrics and shapes.
Oh yes, those tribal-looking heels. Sits next to Dries Van Noten’s creation on my luscious list.
I think that would be all for MBFW. I’m still thinking if there is another label I should give time and effort to. Otherwise, I can’t wait to write about LFW!