This is one of the stories I covered for Vogue India web this past NYFW SS 2013. Here is the link to the story on Vogue.in.
Lights Camera Action! On an almost quarter of a mile long runway at New York’s Pier 59 Prabal Gurung sent out his Spring Summer collection lead by model Joan Smalls looking stunning in an all white ensemble of cropped trousers, layered long tunic and a tailored jacket. The collection was inspired by Prabal’s Nepali heritage clubbed with sculptor Anish Kapoor’s work. White, grey, silver and red tones at the show clearly had their derivative from Anish Kapoor’s work and the prints on the blue and red shorts were reminiscent of all the reflections, be it the sky or the inversed street views, on Anish’s silvery mirrored sculptures.
The silhouettes included trousers that looked like tailored chudidars scrunched at the bottom, long sheer kurta-like tunics but done in an extremely universal way, devoid of specific ethnicity, to enable its relevance in the global market and ofcourse tailored dresses and jackets. Although there was only one red carpet worthy gown in white and silver this season, the series did sport some casual tees and dresses better fit for ready-to-wear which was not that prominent in his last 2 collections. The idea of having a sheer flowy tail to his shorts was refreshing and original. Also the white and red color blocked sweatshirt with the sheer side panels was one of those pieces that could appeal to any wardrobe around the globe.
Linda Farrow and Prabals’ eyewear collaboration is one of the best collaborations in the industry right now in my opinion. Shaded rectangular glasses in red, black and grey were spectacular and are the first thing on my list of things to get from this collection. In a world where sunglass’ shapes become so repetitive, these pairs are a perfect over-the-top normal.
Left: Actress Kate Bosworth on her way to the show in Prabal Gurung; Right: Taylor Tomasi Hill and Brad Goreski exchanging pleasantries before the show
Above Images by Prutha Raithatha
And thanks Prabal for adopting theatrics in your presentation. The finale with all the models walking the runway as a group in front of beams of dramatic lights was a breathtaking sight and a total turn on. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next season. We shall be there with our red tinted LF X PG Sunglasses!
All images by Anna Morgowicz for DSM and Vogue India and some street shots by me.