New York Fashion Week: Prabal Gurung S/S’14


Draped in clear plastic, the runway set was a clear reflection of the show to come. Inspired by the elegance of a woman’s shape, he worked a demure look with a certain ‘bite’ as he described it.

“It’s a celebration of the elegant woman; she’s becoming an endangered species,” he said before his show. “I wanted to put her in a modern context.”

Gurung’s last few collection have had a boyish, less favourable appeal, but he has defiantly found his feel again with his amazing spring summer 2014 collection.  Taking a definite nod to 1950’s Americana styling with below the knee pencil lengths, tweed twin sets, ladylike floral prints and pastel bandeau dresses we saw these classic shapes given lust-worthy contemporary makeovers.

The start of the show was filled with ultra-fitted pencil skirts with boxy shirts in shades of white, dusty pink and yellow, continuing the pastel ladylike trend from A/W ’13 catwalks. We love the prim colours with clashing hand-painted flowers! As the show moved on, the fabrics changed to a mixture of high shine plastics and slick PVC skirts. The textural feel of the printed plastic coats and skirts mixed with soft cotton collared shirts have got to be one of Gurung’s finest design moments.

The end of the show treated our eyes to amazing tweed twinsets like we’ve never seen before, with curved cropped jackets and ultra high-waist skirts with delicate burn patterns. However, our favourite piece from the collection has to be the high shine green pencil dress! The crinkled floral detail on the front with contrasting white straps undoubtedly made with worth adding to our lust list. I’m sure we can expect to see this collection all over the red carpets in the near future.

Feature: Robyn Egerton