Certainly my favorite collection by Prabal Gurung thus far. I must admit that my first reaction to viewing it was to gasp with delight. His designs have always been pretty and polished, but this is a step out of the box for him – a welcome one at that. He has always had a great eye for detail; for spring, it led to a wonderful study in purple. And what I love about this is the ambition that Prabal has to tackle flirty and sexy pieces without making them feel trite. There is a new sense of sensuality to his aesthetic, managing to present a fresh take on sexy cut-outs. By adding a layer of mesh (as opposed to tulle), he has taken it from its athletic association and crafted a modern sleek new look. He further grounds the light floating skirts with urban black band accents. And while everything is very pretty (as to be expected), this collection still feels like downtown chic with laser cut lines and edgy sophisticated accents.
Furthermore, his technique is astonishing. I cannot discuss Prabal’s collection without gushing about the details. The mesmerizing effects that he has achieved take a lot of effort. For one, the paint-dipped effect in look 16 (above left) was not lacquered; it was literally woven in. Yet, it mimics the effect of paint splatters so well on the skirt. And the intricacies of the shoes (above right) are utterly lovely. Mesh is also used for the toe, giving it a sporty edgy look. I must say that that man creates so very incredibly want-able sexy shoes. Love. Moreover, I am not bothered many variations of floral print for once. In fact, I think that the prints add an artistic effect to the pieces. It all adds to the atmosphere for a creative, well-executed collection.