Prabal Gurung Fall Winter 2023 - New York Fashion Week

Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2023 – New York Fashion Week

February 15, 2023
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Prabal Gurung, the Nepalese-American designer, has recently showcased his latest collection for the Fall/Winter 2023 season. The collection was inspired by a 10-day silent meditation retreat that he had taken, which reconnected him to his roots and culture. He wanted to bring a piece of his homeland, Nepal, into the collection and pay homage to his cultural heritage.

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The collection features a mix of western and eastern styles of dress, showcasing the designer’s expertise in cross-cultural exchange. The use of sari draping, cropped choli tops, and vibrant colors from Nepal informed the urban and glamourous looks in the collection. High-low slipdresses, sweeping long skirts, and low-waisted trousers were paired with rounded cropped jackets and asymmetric intarsia knits.

The designer used the butterfly as a symbol of metamorphosis and incorporated it into abstract patterns on intarsia knit gowns and asymmetric sweaters. The collection also showcased a dialogue between hard and soft, masculine and feminine elements, with sash-like belts smoothing the edges of sharp tailored trousers, and delicate metallic lace slip dresses paired with swaggering duster coats.

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The colors in the collection were bold and varied, with patterns that were just as diverse. The looks were heavily accessorized with jewelry, including earrings, bangles, and three-dimensional chain mail scarf necklaces. The designer also included an icy white double-breasted coat dress and an asymmetric ivory dress with a black inner lining, providing a contrast to the muchness of the collection.

Prabal Gurung has always been known for his bold and extravagant designs, but as he suggested, all is changing. This collection is a testament to the designer’s continued evolution and the importance of cultural exchange in fashion. It’s a celebration of the rich heritage of Nepal and a nod to the designer’s personal connection to his roots.

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