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Prabal Gurung is a go-to for dazzling prints and the most showstopping of red carpet gowns, but with his Resort 2015 collection, he is officially attempting total wardrobe dominance. Day-to-night dressing was his main point of focus — a very real need for his global clientele of jetsetters and women on the go. Not an ounce of the brand’s sensuality and vibrancy was eschewed, though functionality definitely had a very real stake in the lineup.
Gurung was heavily influenced by artist Matthew Stone’s Unconditional Love exhibition, in which the processes of photography and digital printing were combined to further evolve the ways in which paint is used as an art form. Brushstrokes gave life to ruffled-hem shirtdresses, office-ready button-front blouses, asymmetric skirts, and colorful silk tops that made quite the statement when juxtaposed against tweed and the collection’s fierce contrast strap, pointed-toe pumps.
Trousers lent to the lineup’s wearability focus with a couple of suits offered in navy and a painterly print, as well as pants with contrast stripes and gathered high-waists for a polished, yet athletic-inspired feel. There was also a pair in two-tone leather for an added dose of edge.
A strapless red textured gown with an out of this world rise and fall hemline and a cobalt number with a cutout bodice and sheer billowing skirt will surely be sported on the red carpet this year — any glamorous lady will do though I suspect Joan Smalls and Zoe Saldana will have first dibs on the designs. A thigh-high slit piece in the classic color palette of black and white still packed a sultry punch with more subtlety, while a sheer lace bodice dress with leather accents will certainly satisfy the risqué penchants of Tinseltown’s more daring set.
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