‘Through this collection, I present to you a joyous peek into our globetrotting suitcase that is the PRABAL GURUNG world – a multifaceted, colourful and optimistic place where integrity, purpose, levity and love are our most celebrated virtues’. PRABAL GURUNG
The Nepalese-American designer, presented his inclusive AW19 show at New York fashion Week choosing to use a variety of different body sizes and ethnicities, featuring some famous faces on the runway such as Victoria’s Secret models Bella Hadid, Candice Swanepoel, Taylor Hill, Winnie Harlow, Duckie Thot, Grace Elizabeth and Plus-size model Ashley Graham. “All of us are more similar than we are different.”The designer said backstage.
For the AW19 collection Gurung found inspiration in his birthplace in Singapore and his home in Kathmandu, where he recently returned to for ‘Photo Kathmandu’ an exhibition supported by his foundation.
The trip brought him back to Jhochhen Street, also known as ‘freak street’ the birthplace of the hippie movement.The collection takes us back to the 1970’s to trek on a path once known as the Hippie trail. The voyage goes through various cities such as Delhi, Beirut, Rome, London and Paris.
‘It’s a cultural exchange of ideas and experiences as we search for a home that sees us, hears us, understands us and embraces us with freedom and empathy’ says the designer in the show notes.
The different cultures bring to life the collection with colour and texture, revering ancient art and history with a fascination for the far east. Colours are eye-catching and comes in bold combinations: ruby red lives with saffron yellow, pomegranate pink with turquoise, or they were styled in the same outfit, layered together in a beautiful colour clash.
The glamour of the 1970’s Paris is met by brocade patchwork woven in Varanasi, India and hand- painted in metallic Ombre, reminiscing the work of legends such as Yves saint Laurent and Christian Lacroix, exemplified through chiffons and layered organzas. Modern American sportswear is juxtaposed against traditional Savile row techniques; utilitarian cargos are complimented with artisanal cashmeres hand knitted in Nepal, while flannel pinstripe lives alongside fleur-de-lis print.
‘With new visual cues we redefine how one is seen and where one belongs. We take an unabashedly hyper-feminine approach to celebrate diversity, joy and all of the humanity’ PRABAL GURUNG