Being raised in Kathmandu, designer Prabal Gurung has a strong relation towards Nepal, so when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the country on April 25, 2015 he moved quickly to call for help using his social media platforms and raised about a million dollars for the victims by the Shikshya Foundation Nepal, on the board of which he sits.
Feeling gratitude to the fashion industry for allowing him to do such things, his show at the New York Fashion Week started with a thank you by giving the stage to 30 monks clad in their traditional red and yellow robes, hands clasped in prayer, chanting. Included with his run-of-show, is a note that reads, “Today is about gratitude for all the kindness. Today is about renewed faith in the goodness of humanity. Today is about celebration of the empathy exhibited. Today is about prayer and blessings for each of us here to follow our passion and make a difference.”
Although Gurung sometimes come off as too worked out by techniques this time none of that got in the way for his creative expression. Heavily rooted in Nepal, inspirations for the collection comes from Gurung’s childhood memories in the country. Full of ease and beauty, the runway’s palette was warm. It is rich with hues familiar to the country like the orange and yellow – colors of the holy powder. Incorporating the work of artist Laxman Shreshtha, he uses it as a jacquard on evening separates. Transparency as well as hand tucked seam are two prominent details along with the prints, and embroideries stood out without being overwhelming. In fact, all the dresses features strong yet subtle color variation resulting from Gurung’s play on fabric density. On the finale, a trio of stunning, brightly colored, body-skimming dresses was shown. They are the most simplistic – but it is as many can affirm, the simpler the better. All together the show was full of grace, and being rendered with such intimate emotion, it left a soulful impact.
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