Get ready to witness some of the fiercest shoe trends ever. Aside from the amazing, eye-catching hairstyles, makeup, and clothes, designers also amped up their game in the shoe section. Fashionable ladies will be wearing a range of bold colors when it comes to footwear in spring 2019. In the next sunny season, make sure that your heels and sandals are always decorated with cute details such as feathers and bows. If you are a real shoe lover you will be completely obsessed with the trends below. It’s all about standing out and making a strong fashion statement through footwear.
The Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2018 collection was born on the road. The designer traveled a lot lately and those trips inspired him to connect two different directions in the Prabal Gurung 2018 lineup. From the busy Tokyo, picturesque Nepal to the opulent Abu Dhabi and the charming South of France, the designer took cues from every place he visited lately. So, the Pre-Fall 2018 is a fusion of minimalism and opulence.
For Pre-Fall 2018 Prabal Gurung wanted to prove that his designs go beyond glamorous event dresses. He mixed easy-to-wear silhouettes with eveningwear elements. There were sequins and elegant gowns, but there were also casual pieces ready to take you through your day.
“What I realized with this collection is what I wanted to do was this idea of armored elegance,” the designer explained during his presentation at the Cadillac House.
You can’t say that Prabal Gurung went all-causal. His daywear offerings are infused with evening elegance and sultriness. High-slits, cutouts as well as functional rouleau buttons spice up the classic silhouettes. The rouleau buttons are an idea he borrowed from himself because women seem to like this feature. In the Prabal Gurung Resort 2018 Collection, there was a pink silk jacquard gown with a side slit lined with these buttons so ladies can choose to wear it buttoned up or open depending on their preferences. Nowadays ladies aren’t afraid to show some skin, so naturally more of them opt to wear it unbuttoned. This dress became the new best-seller. So, Prabal Gurung decided to incorporate the buttons in the Pre-Fall 2018 collection. You can see these in a black and white gown, long top that can act as a dress if you just button up a few more buttons and so on.
The nightwear goes from ruffled red playful maxi dress to glamorous heavily sequined gowns. A standout moment in the collection is the mustard yellow draped dress with cutouts.
Anyway, Prabal Gurung didn’t want to make a strong distinction between the day and night offerings. He paired red turtleneck and relaxed knitted cardigan with sequined red wide-leg trousers and high-slit elegant maxi black skirt with a simple turtleneck sweater. The designer wanted to challenge glamorous fabrics to become less formal by pairing them with casual fabrics and opposite – upgrade regular pieces with heavy glam.
The Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2018 Collection blurs the lines between casual and formal. The designer also offered innovative ways for layering as well as mixing and matching.
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It’s official: The New York Fashion Week has finally opened up more about beauty at all sizes. The issue of diversity in the fashion industry has been very discussed lately. As a result to that, the SS 2018 NYFW had runway shows that featured models of all sizes, generations, and races. Every year more designers care about the diversity at their shows. During SS 2018 NYFW 9 designers included plus-size models. Total of 208 size-diverse models were a part of the SS 2018 NYFW both on the runway and the presentations. This is a record-breaking number in the history of the NYFW. See the mesmerizing looks that the curvy beauties flaunted on the show in the video below.
Last year only 27 plus-size models made an appearance, so this is a very remarkable result. According to Fall 2017 Runway Diversity Report, 31.5% of the designers included more plus-size models and models of color this year. Among the designers who had plus-size models on their shows is Christian Siriano. The young designer is a huge supporter of the body-positive movement. Christian Siriano invites curvy models to his shows on a regular basis.
Addition Elle is another brand that stood for diversity this year. The brand is known for its size-inclusive collections and collaborations with body positivity advocates such as Ashley Graham and Jordyn Woods. This was Addition Elle’s debut show on the NYFW. The brand had very size-inclusive model cast. Other inclusive brands include Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Chromat, Anna Sui, Rebecca Minkoff, and The Blonds.
The body positivity isn’t a trend but an evolution. The SS 2018 NYFW was a step forward toward more inclusive fashion and less body shaming. It’s finally time to spread positivity and break stereotypes.
Prabal Gurung is on a mission he won’t bail out for at least four years. Like most of New York Fashion Week’s designers, Prabal Gurung also decided to speak up through fashion, letting his fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection be a place of comfort, tolerance and rebellion at the same time.
After unveiling his 37-piece fall/winter 2017-18 collection, designer Prabal Gurung showcased a sort of line within the line that, without mincing words, clearly explained Prabal Gurung’s point of view regarding one of our society’s darkest times. As it happened with designers such as Christian Siriano and Maria Grazia Chiuri, just to name a few, Gurung also decided to imprint such thoughts on an array of t-shirts that is already on everybody’s lips, either with journalists pointing out that t-shirts won’t save the situation, or aficionados loving them to the moon and back.
Some of Gurung’s political slogans included powerful messages such as “Revolution has no borders,” “I am an immigrant,” and “Nevertheless, she persisted”, with the designer reinforcing the concept by marching with his models wearing the notorious Dior t-shirt-inspired “This is what a feminist looks like” tee, which gave us a clear idea on what Prabal’s visions on intersectional feminism, women designers and the Women’s March movement are.
To further enhance his perspectives on equality and even on the industry’s unrealistic beauty standards, Gurung embraced diversity by asking plus-size models Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring to walk for his show, a choice Christian Siriano made, too. Although there is definitely a long way until diversity is fully embraced by the industry (whether we refer to gender identity, size, or race, etc.), Gurung’s move is surely appreciated.
Rebellions and empowerment aside, the Prabal Gurung fall/winter 2017-2018 collection was particularly interesting in terms of styles, figures and colors, too. For the next colder seasons, Prabal Gurung’s color palette is en extremely variegated one, with all of its hues, except for a vibrant yellow, being filtered through winter’s dark and cold lens. To accentuate winter’s magical shades, he even added silvery, metallic touches here and there, which also helped revitalize the runway show towards its end.
As for the silhouettes, the Prabal Gurung fall 2017 rtw collection particularly focused on the waists, with belts, hourglass figures and high-waisted cuts enhancing them. Other common patterns, as seen in most of the line-up’s ensembles, were the flared cuts, especially when it came to the sleeves, and the layered lines, which either served as the founding structure for the gowns, or as a way to highlight contrasting fabrics, such as the multicolored intarsia furs.
The collection, of course, also featured Gurung’s ethereal touch with crystal embroideries, here sewn on see-through, Nineties-inspired dresses that will very likely hit the headlines during the next red carpet events.
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From Versace’s to Chanel’s, Monique Lhuillier’s and now even Prabal Gurung’s, the new pre-fall 2017 collections unapologetically appear to be part of a rule-breaking kind of pre-fall seasons, with the designers not being afraid to show what they genuinely want for/from the fashion industry, or how they feel about the modern society they live in (and dress).
The latest Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2017 collection takes ready-to-wear so seriously, the designer managed to create a 39-piece line-up that not only pays homage to one of history’s leading modern artists, i. e. Mark Rothko, but also exudes the feeling of dismay and fear many are currently facing.
Within just one single collection, Prabal Gurung managed to break two common misconceptions and prejudices many feel when it comes to fashion, namely that high fashion is not meant for day-to-day, actually wearable outfits, and that fashion designers are too shallow to care about what happens around them.
Nepalese Prabal Gurung, who has never made mystery of his support for former US president candidate Hillary Clinton, decided to transpose and exorcize the aftermath of the US presidential elections into each one of his 39 pre-fall 2017 proposals, filtering them through artist Mark Rothko’s thoughtfully deep lens and, at the same time, keeping any woman’s needs in mind.
That being said, like Lhuillier with her pre-fall 2017 collection and most recently Alessandro Michele with Gucci’s lineup as well, Gurung also focused on separates, treating us to probably one of his most versatile and wearable collections ever. Without giving up on style, Gurung managed to focus on utilitarian garments that can work as the basis for any future outfit, or as it-staples to complete any look, meaning that the Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2017 collection is nothing but a dream array of must-have essentials.
To make things even more imposing, he let himself be carried away by Mark Rothko’s artistic world, to which he “travelled” while in London earlier this fall, during a visit to London’s Tate Modern Museum. “It particularly hit me because his work started with lighter colors, and as the years progressed and he became more political and more depressed, the colors turned dark,” he explained regarding the exhibition.
Like Rothko’s artistic excursus, Gurung’s pre-fall 2017 collection also starts with lighter, more jocose colors and ends with darker ones, with the latter being predominantly used to refinish the collection’s evening proposals.
As for the overall collection’s appeal, what Gurung tried to accomplish was a sort of modern femininity, with haute couture-esque details, such as structured sleeves going hand in hand with ultra casual skirts and t-shirt.
Overall delicate, the collection features a few slightly grunge-inspired apparel alternatives as well, the roomy pants and oversized sweaters out of which probably are the best examples. Layered dresses, sheer patterns and wrapped cuts dominated the scene as soon as Gurung “switched” to Rothko’s darker side, while clean cuts and almost minimalistic figures seemed to be there to calm and fill us with positive vibes thanks to their harmonious lines.
There is one thing for sure – the Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2017 collection is anything but ordinary.
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Prabal Gurung‘s spring/summer 2017 collection for New York Fashion Week was based heavily on My Life on the Road, the latest piece of literature from Gloria Steinem, in which the iconic author discusses her personal experience in the women’s movement. Gurung later had the chance to meet with the author during opening night for the revival of the Broadway rendition of Alice Walker’s groundbreaking novel The Color Purple. According to the designer, he was very taken aback by the experience.
Nevertheless, this show was about the clothes. But even by shifting your focus to that, you’re bombarded by politics at play – not that we’re surprised; Gurung is rather well known for speaking his mind loud and clear whenever politics are concerned, and with the controversial election in the U.S. right now, we expected no less.
The New York-based designer designed a shirt for the Hillary Clinton campaign, and one step further, he created one silk dress that was remarkable in many ways. At first glance, the dress is especially beautiful, but upon closer inspection, you might actually notice that the fabric is actually made up from prints of speeches that have been given by prominent women in the political field; on other garments this trend was continued by using quotes on ribbons that trimmed a group of garments.
Gurung really took his concept and manipulated it in a unique way. He featured and focused on powerful women that have been crucial pieces in the advancement of women in society and created garments in soft silks and flowing fabrics, showing that femininity and strength need not be different entities.
There were a few tailored pieces, in outerwear and a couple pairs of pants, but other than that, it was the prints and silhouettes that brought in an edgy strength that abstractly captured the successes of the women being spotlighted.
For women looking to display the words proudly for all to see, Gurung showed some graphic tees featuring the quotes right on the front, to be a bit more blatant than the speech-patterned dresses, as well as a pair of trousers sporting the famous quote from Susan B. Anthony, “they threw things at me then but they were not roses.”
But there were also a great many pieces without the political words as well. Many of the lovely dresses in luscious silk charmeuse were simply lovely; even without the quotes printed on them, they fit right into the collection, managing to exude a great deal of that woman power that we love about this collection.
Even better, where we tend to see gowns finishing out a show, Gurung opted to show pantsuits. And honestly, it was a smart decision. What better way to celebrate the strong female presence in professional politics than to show one of the most beloved and best-worn silhouettes of this group of women? Feminism has never looked as good as it did on Gurung’s fashion week runway.
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Have you ever wondered where Emily Ratajkowski’s dress for the Met Gala came from? Its structure, signature detailing and dark color didn’t lie, and those who though it was a Prabal Gurung creation just by looking at it, were right. Designed for the Prabal Gurung resort 2017 collection, Ratajkowski’s dress closes the line-up, which starts with an equally sophisticated, yet less Met Gala-worthy, Roaring Twenties-inspired asymmetrical dress, with the overall style and attitude taking the lead in the entire collection.
For his resort 2017 line-up, Prabal Gurung focused on two different things, managing to combine them perfectly in different looks and, of course, bringing them to life in the best artisanal way possible. While an elevated sense of ease and coziness runs throughout the collection, it is also undeniably true that each design exudes certain old-time elegance we often take for granted.
Prabal Gurung’s aim was delivering something that was as comfortable as one-of-a-kind, and in doing so he kept in mind his ‘resort woman’. “Resort and holiday should be about living, enjoying, having fun,” he stated backstage. “Whenever she travels, [my client] wants to feel easy, comfortable.”
And what’s better than using Roaring Twenties motifs to embody such a jocose and adventurous spirit? From mannish suits to drop-waisted lines, the collection clearly wants us to partake in Gurung’s vintage party, which however leaves some space for his notorious Far East-inspired references, slightly boho inspirations and layered figures as well.
Origami gowns, Japanese-style kimono jackets and textured gowns, off-shoulder necklines and bell-bottom cropped pants are absolutely fabulous, always coming adorned with the collection’s Art Deco-inspired patters and structures. Layers and vertical lines lessen the distances between architecture and fashion, yet always highlight Gurung’s passion for relaxed cuts and sinuous figures. Layering mimics the Roaring Twenties music too, the jazz melodies and Charleston dance moves making the dresses literally dance.
Although predominantly made of dark colors, the collection includes a few total-white ensembles too, going even further in the color palette with the use of sleek, translucent silver patterns. When not featuring layers of fabrics, Gurung chose to alternate colorful patterns in the form of wide, horizontal stripes, which keep on succeeding in his goal of creating timeless looks.
Versatile and wearable, the Prabal Gurung resort 2017 collection denotes the designer’s care for each garment, here brought forth through intricate details, fringed appliqués and deconstructed pieces. “This can easily go from the office, to a lunch or elsewhere…it’s very versatile,” concluded Prabal, with an artful air that wafts as we finish browsing through the lookbook’s pictures.
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The feather prints of Prabal Gurung’s designs are the perfect illustrations we’ve seen in NYFW so far. Why? Because they sum up the entire collection with a single image. As you’ve probably noticed, Prabal Gurung’s collection is all about soft and airy sensations floating around your skin. It’s actually a new exciting design experiment – Gurung’s new fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection, presented at NYFW.
There was a lot of attention on the essence of the collection; printed on the show notes, the designer promised the audience a “softening of silhouettes and an ease in shape with oversize coats and effortless knits.”
What a checklist! You will always notice the woman walking down the street, wearing a dress from this collection. Prabal Gurung has always been a master in eveningwear; this time he mixed his skills with the notion of undone-ness (an alien feature to eveningwear, and that’s why we love it!) and effortlessness.
Let’s start with the inspiration. If you’ve ever read Henri Rousseau’s “Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest” and Lord Byron’s “She Walks in Beauty,” you might find hints and clues in the collection itself. The show started with a snowy tale of three completely white looks, the first one being a duffle coat adorned with a puffy fox-fur collar that can brighten up any winter day. The second one displayed a long white sweater that closed like a shell on a flowy white skirt.
As the show proceeded, the color palette transformed into cold icy blues, creams, browns, hot burgundy, bloody reds, and finally ending the dance in black and white. The party ended with two showstopper dresses, the darker side of the designer – a strapless black gown, and the lightest ray of the inspiration – an elegant white gown. This last dress was surely the highest point of art in the Prabal Gurung fall 2016 collection, with the ethereal, embroidered chiffon train floating behind it. A bridal gown? Could be! Could be a red carpet dress or simply a stunning look at a fancy part. You decide the occasion!
Due to the inspiration, the collection was kept up to elegance standards with knee-length dresses, lace godet skirts, and romantic furry coats. Special care was taken around the shoulder area, where the dresses had cuts or flares, making the dresses a perfect look for casual flirts and killer dance moves.
The cuts on the skirts particularly looked spectacular in the movement. They revealed the many layers hidden underneath the slashes, a design that craves some wind to show off its true power.
While the Prabal Gurung fall 2016 collection was not styled in the most romantic manner we’ve ever seen, it does contain a fairytale touch that enhances femininity in the gentlest way possible.
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Pragmatism and structuralism, that’s how one could describe the Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2016 collection just by using two single words. Renowned for his ladylike dresses with sensual touches, the Nepalese-American fashion designer has just showcased one of his most eclectic, wearable and versatile line-ups, which makes sure any woman could find all the necessary fashions she needs to look flawless from day to nighttime.
“I think of it as high summer because it delivers in May, June, July. So here is one girl that’s in the city and wants transitional cottons, and then there is another girl who already bought everything she needs but still wants to shop, so she is preparing for the fall,” Gurung stated, fearlessly combining different fabrics and design patterns for his pre-fall 2016 collection.
With a color palette that ranges from black and white to fuchsia, burgundy and blue, the Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2016 collection also likes to play with layers, utilizing geometrical lines that perfectly recall the collection’s structured cuts and ample use of ruffles, roomy sleeves and fluid trousers. Gurung also made sure his pieces could be both trans-seasonal and transitional from day to night, meaning that one just needs to add a luxe accessory or a pair of high heels to make a flawless transition from a day at the office to a night out with friends. That’s, for instance, the case of the ruffle-sleeved cotton tunic, which has been paired with a sophisticated pencil skirt in black lace. “You could wear this on its own with sandals during the summer, or dress it up,” Gurung suggested candidly, highlighting once again his pragmatism.
Although being incredibly versatile, the collection may be divided into three separate sections, according to their original purpose and color palette. We thus have the business-ready pieces, the night out looks and the daytime outfits, perfect for both formal and informal dates. While the formal pieces combine bell-bottom trousers with voluminous butterfly sleeves and tight-fitting smoking jackets, Gurung’s evening dresses definitely have a more glam rock allure, with their sleek fabrics combined with see-trough lace embroideries and oversized jackets and coats. V-necklines, lateral slits and naked shoulders enhance both the business dresses and the night out dresses, while lace fabrics and transparencies have been mixed with the daytime pieces, which definitely add a bit of dazzle to the collection.
It must have been, indeed, a lot of fun for Gurung to add such bold prints to the collection, as he is mainly renowned for his (un)usual palette of bright and vivid colors. That’s why Gurung’s fans always can count on appealing and colorful alternatives from the designer. This season they have a blue floral tuxedo, a tromp l’oeil layered dress in cranberry red, a silky jumpsuit in burgundy and many salmon pink blouses with mixed patterns. For those who only need to add a touch of color to their outfits, Gurung offers bright blue pointy sandals and a lovely grey sweater with fuchsia striped detailing.
Last but not least, the Prabal Gurung pre-fall 2016 collection also features some must-have all-white pieces that would make anyone look like a contemporary Greek goddess at any late summertime party.
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A simple pallet of luxurious fabrics was the basis to a deceivingly simple ready-to-wear spring collection. Prabal Gurung premiered a truly passionate line of clothing that also gave us an intimate view of Nepal. In response to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook his homeland of Kathmandu earlier this year, Gurung put all of his efforts into fundraising for the cause, and redirected the passion into the new Prabal Gurung spring/summer 2016 line.
“If it wasn’t for the fashion industry, I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” said Gurung, referencing his relief organization Shikshya Foundation Nepal. He was able to pour his soul into the clothing line while raising both money and awareness for the cause.
Before his first piece walked the runway, a large group of monks wearing traditional robes prayed, as a showing of Gurung’s appreciation for the one million dollars raised for his cause. This sincere beginning was the perfect precedent to the 36-year-old designer’s feminine yet bold line. His entire line held a minimal feeling overall, but that only served to embellish the colors and patterns splashed throughout.
The first piece sent down the runway provided a preview of what the whole Prabal Gurung spring 2016 collection would be about: simple elegance and a strong sense of his Nepalese roots. As each new piece had its moment of fame walking the runway, we could clearly see the traditional silhouettes in ways they had never been shown before. Halter tops and deep V-necks are two of the recurring shapes you can see from his collection. Each is beautiful alone, but as a cohesive collection, Gurung was able to tell a story and convey his feelings toward the situation in Nepal.
Gurung’s color choice is the star of his clothing line this season. His utilization of varying, soft oranges, pinks, yellows and whites projected his aim for simplicity, and also ramped up the vibrant beauty of his pieces that broke that trend. These pieces were interspersed throughout, but there was one moment that really hits home. His deep, vibrant orange halter dress comes to mind, which also served as the finale piece; a lasting reminder of strength and boldness, despite the femininity of the flowing skirt.
Many of his pieces this season celebrate femininity and classic beauty, as with his A-line skirts and shift dresses, but spiced his line up with a few singled out pieces. A black patterned twist on a shift dress followed a black jumpsuit with a like-pattern and mesh-covered midriff. These two pieces come instantly to mind when looking for the strength in Gurung’s collection. While his feminine, flowing pieces show his staple elegance, the incorporation of the idea of a strong woman is present as well.
Prabal Gurung hit the nail on the head with his 2016 spring collection. The beginning prayer did not add any sort of heaviness or religious notes to his line, but rather served as a refresher; a moment of reflection for the audience. Gurung was able to stay true to himself and reflect back to his roots while expressing his freedom as a designer. The story behind his clothes was a powerful reflection of his roots and passion toward Kathmandu, and if there is one thing we can be certain of, it is that Prabal Gurung has stories to tell, and as long as he is designing clothes there will be audiences to listen.
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