Sometimes a streaker can be a light hearted distraction at a fashion show. A surprise that shakes up the day and can be giggled over with seat mates at the venue. But it was proof that designer Prabal Gurung was on to something with his nomadic Nepalese collection that most of the editors and journalists at his show booed when one popped up on the designer’s fall/winter 2014 catwalk.
It’s a shame because the disruption is going to be the lead in most of the reviews of Gurung's show (including yours truly) instead of the artistry the designer displayed. So let’s try and forget that animal print thong, trench coat and gilded crowned individual and focus back on the fashion.
This was a collection that celebrated the idea of draping and wrapping of fabric. On a catwalk adorned with six golden gongs, the designer sent out his models swathed in cape coats, wearing thick scarves tied high around the neck, in tops with knitwear roped about the torso and in a series of fitted jackets Gurung even wove satin fabric accents into the flannel foundation of his trouser suits.
But as much as this collection was about wrapping the body it didn’t lack for sex appeal. Manly because Gurung finished off a large portion of his Buddhist monk orange, ochre and saffron shaded looks with short asymmetrical skirts that gathered and fell in uneven layers down a leg or wrapped them to leave a slit at the front. Allowing quite a bit of skin exposed to the winter elements.
This rich collection was filled with inventive pieces. But also quite a few designs - particularly the multi textured knitwear and robe overcoats- which looked like they could happily survive in the real world. And the final four red carpet gowns the designer proffered up, with their Angelina Jolie thigh high slits and wrapped bodices that let the models skin become a player in the dress design, had a modern elegance to them.
Gurung’s offered his fans a gift of a collection with this show. One that he wrapped up with care and creativity.