Prabal Gurung Spring 2018 - Runway Review
September 10, 2017
Utilizing color to convey a positive message of beauty, Prabal Gurung spoke softly but carried a big stick for his spring collection. Vibrant shades of blue, green, yellow and pink dominated the lineup as the spiritual designer explored feminine attitudes through a constructed collection that spoke to strength, happiness and positivity.
With Gloria Steinem in his front row, Gurung began his show with the Activist's Prayer: "Grant me the strength to change the things I cannot accept." High-waist short pants, sculpted blazers and strong-shouldered overcoats revealing corsetry details set the tone for the urban heroine aesthetic, followed by fluid silhouettes that were equally as surefooted. The designer's political awakening has long played out on his runways, and they came through beautifully in a patchwork of silk-satin fabrics in checkered patterns and plisse knitted frocks with unbuttoned details.
The runway was more diverse than ever, with the Hadid sisters, Ashley Graham and Andreja Pejic among the boldfaced models. The appealing collection was straightforward in both its glamour and its message: beyond the ribbed knits in bold colors and a clash of plaids, a series of hand-draped evening dresses, as well as several that featured exquisite mixed floral embroideries slit to the hip on one side, were marvelous.