Although a trek in the Himalayas lays poetic groundwork for the Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2015 collection, the floaty, featherweight clothes on his runway belie the treacherous nature of such mountaintop terrain. But for Gurung, practicality isn’t the point, and the exquisite Himalayas act as dreamy inspiration rather than real-world correlation. His deep pastel palette echoes the distant mountain range, while hand-painted wild flowers and landscape-printed jacquards bring lofty peaks into clearer focus.
Gurung impressed with techniques that teased out unusual textures and shapes from his garments. Lightweight fabrics were spruced up with additional tassels, strands, and slivers of chiffon, which added even more movement to the already breezy looks. He also lightened up for the spring season by perforating his fabrics with unexpected cutouts and slicing unusual shapes into his silhouette with asymmetrical hemlines and necklines. Although the looks were airy and ethereal, Gurung achieved tactile texture on patchworked silk and chiffon dresses, sleeveless tunics featuring knit mesh, and coruscated surfaces covered in multi-colored sequins. When looks threatened to float off the runway, Gurung weighed them down with strips of bonded leather that crisscrossed the bodice. By the finale, we were feeling refreshed and energetic – a surprising sensation that was due in large part to Gurung’s deft ability to build athleticism into so much gossamer material. It was something akin to taking a deep breath of the clear mountain air of the Himalayas.
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