There is only so much excitement that the fashion conscious can handle in one week! Vancouver saw Madonna‘s ‘Rebel Heart’ tour hit the city like an ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’ and the newly opened Nordstrom welcomed Prabal Gurung for an intimate pop-in. Nordstrom showcased the CFDA’s ‘Swarovski Award for Womenswear’ winner allowing an excited audience a sneak peek into the luxury designers Resort & Spring 2016 Collection and to meet him in person.
Prabal Gurung was born in Singapore and grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal. His upbringing contributed to his inspirations for his designs, as shown by the vibrant colors and meaningful use of textures displayed throughout his collections. After moving to New York to attending and graduating from Parsons The New School for Design, Gurung spent two years in Cynthia Rowley’s design and production team. Afterwards he was appointed design director at Bill Blass for five years followed by launching his self-named brand PRABAL GURUNG.
His designs cater to the modern, sophisticated woman that faces life with fearlessness and strength. Gurung spoke of his belief that the incorporation of a woman’s location and interest in fashion consciousness propel the designer to refine his collections to deliver the best products. He was affable, personable and his youthfulness shone through his ability to connect with the audience and make the event lighthearted.
The hand-detailed stitching, carefully designed silhouettes and vibrant colors of his past collections has enabled the designer to gather a large client base of glamorous women such as Michelle Obama, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Anne Hathaway.
For the Resort & Spring 2016 Collection, the designer opted for a more minimalistic silhouette filled with sheer chiffon, long silk gowns, hand-cut eyelet patterns, and sequined v-neck dresses. Gurung’s collection was a devotion to Nepal, which was affected by the terrible earthquake last April.
The color palette features tranquil black and white tones, while the contrasting vibrant colors of deep blue, rusty orange, and goldenrod were an ode to the Nepalese monks; he also used the painted yellow and rusty orange prints of Nepal-born artist Laxman Shreshtha on his white, sheer, chiffon dresses.
A big thank you to Nordstrom Vancouver for inviting us to this designer pop-in! Check their online schedule for upcoming store events.
Article and photographs by Maxime Favreau.