I have a feeling Prabal Gurung‘s showing for Spring 2014 will be a favorite for fashion critics. The display could only be described as stunning. Models walked down and lined up on a stage facing an enchanted audience, clad in the designer’s gorgeous offerings– many of which are certain to grace their fair share of red carpets.
Gurung said he was inspired by Marilyn Monroe this season, and was looking to update her elegance for the 21st century. The pieces read less bombshell and more high-end futuristic vixen with touches of ’50s glamour. And so, there were pencil skirts as well as ladylike dresses and skirts paired with athletic bomber jackets, rendered in luxurious fabrics like satins and tweeds.
Roses and florals were a motif here, taking form in abstract prints, beaded embellishments, knitted into tweets, and in giant rosettes worked from fabric.
The designer obviously had fun playing with texture, putting forth a series of ornamented dresses, replete with floral and gradient beading, ostrich feathers, and more.
The standout gown was a black and pale pink floral beaded number with sheer paneling at the skirt. It’s just begging to be worn on the red carpet.
The collection, admittedly, gave me a bit of a Raf Simons for Dior feel. You can’t help but draw a comparison from everything to the pastel hues, all the way down to the styling. That bright lipstick has been the look for a few of Simons’s shows for Dior. Nonetheless, this was an overall beautiful collection. I suspect we’ll catch Kerry Washington or maybe even Ciara (who attended the show) in one or more of these looks.
What do you think?