Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Resort 2014: Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung has never been known for a trademark. This is not a bad thing. For some brands and their designers, like Mary Katrantzou, such focus opens the door to experimentation. For others the concept that every season presents a blank slate upon which anything can happen is what releases that magic. Prabal Gurung has dressed everyone from the current First Lady to starlets. He has presented collections centered around everything from Miss Havisham to the military. And it is that variety and flexibility that makes his work what it is.

Of all of the Resort collections that I’ve discussed so far, this is the one that I’ve had the hardest time forming into something manageable. I want to include everything. Every jacket. Every suit. Every dress. Florals and colorblocking and prints play can be found in almost every garment but none of it feels overwhelming. It simply makes sense together in a way that you can’t pinpoint.

Many of the silhouettes recall the sporty influences of several seasons ago. The colors tend towards the primary but the carefree, almost childlike, feel that often leaks through when designers rely on that palette is missing. There is something else going on in this story. Something slightly off.

It only added to the allure of the clothing.

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