prabal gurung f/w 2013

Prabal Gurung had me from the moment the first girl hit the runway during the livestream of his brilliant fall show. Inspired by a story he read in the New York Times about the military testing body armor designed specifically for women (something it had absurdly never done up to this point), Gurung created a collection of fierce power. The show opened with razor sharp tailored jackets, pants and dresses in olive and navy, accented with fur, leather, or a brocade that beautifully referenced Gurung's Nepalese heritage. Even the footwear had a fierceness - some of the dresses were worn with over-the-knee boots that were a cross between something a gladiatress would wear and a leg brace. Belts and harnesses nipped in waists and made one think of paratroopers while emphasizing the feminine figures underneath the tough exterior, and when viewed from the back, several silhouettes had an open cut that created a shape reminiscent of the wings of a glider. Those belts and harnesses were carried through to the second, softer half of the show, when Gurung introduced his signature prints and romanticism with cocktail dresses and evening gowns draped sensually around the body like Saris. The scarlet red, one-shoulder gown, with a flash of skin on the side and a slit up one leg, was absolute perfection in it's simplicity. To see the complete runway show, go here, and to view images of the complete collection, go here.

Photos: WWD

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