Prabal Gurung’s collection this year has to be one of my favourites from New York Fashion Week, the sunset hues have hypnotised my mind.
When a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, Gurung raised almost a million dollars for the victims of the earthquake under a Shikshya Foundation Nepal, on the board which he sits. His SS16 show this year is a tribute to his home country Nepal.
He told Vogue backstage, “If it wasn’t for the fashion industry, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
At the beginning thirty monks in their traditional clothing, hands in prayer, chanting – opened the show. His collection had many roots of Nepal, and culture. It seemed as though holi powder was thrown onto the runway as the models walked down in ensembles of yellow, orange, red. Jacquard with skin showing, the pieces were all of a warm palette. The gowns towards the end were sensationally HOT! The runway was on fire, I can assure you. There were a few pieces of monochrome embellished or with a touch of fringe, but nothing can cast your mind from the filmy dresses, with a few soft shades splitting the collection for certain events.
It was a lovely, sincere sentiment and the chanting made for a reflective moment, but it was not a somber show or a conspicuously ethnic tribute, rather more glamour.