Prabal Gurung favours florals when designing

Prabal Gurung can’t get enough of floral prints when designing.The designer, who was raised in Nepal before moving to the U.S. to intern for Bill Blass at the age of 20, has become one of fashion’s most respected stars since starting his namesake label…

Prabal Gurung can’t get enough of floral prints when designing.

The designer, who was raised in Nepal before moving to the U.S. to intern for Bill Blass at the age of 20, has become one of fashion’s most respected stars since starting his namesake label 10 years ago.

His celebrity clientele includes the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Joan Smalls and Nicki Minaj, and as well as helming his clothing collection, Gurung recently teamed with Champagne brand Perrier-Jouet on a line of flower embossed flutes – the first in a series of designer collaborations.

“Flowers have always been my favourite print to design with,” Gurung said to WWD. “They’re beautiful and highlight the strength of femininity. Bringing our signature bright colours and textures together with the elegance of the Perrier-Jouet anemone is a wonderful marriage of history and modernity. They really gave us creative freedom. It’s always fun to bring our brand to life beyond ready-to-wear.”

The Champagne flutes were unveiled at the recent CFDA Fashion Awards, where the A-list guests sipped from the elegant glasses.

A Perrier-Jouet gift set with two Champagne flutes and bottle of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Rose is available on Drinks & Co.

“We wanted to bring our brand ideal – that we’re stronger in colour – to the design, so we juxtaposed our bright-hued floral with the delicate Perrier-Jouet anemone to celebrate who we both are and what we stand for together. The colours are a metaphor for our inclusive ethos and represent the way I want the world to look,” the 40-year-old added.

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Prabal Gurung unveils fall 18 collection inspired by Nepalese heritage

Prabal Gurung’s fall/winter 2018 collection was influenced by his mother and childhood spent in South Asia.The designer was raised in Nepal but relocated to New York in 1999 to kick off his fashion career, and has since built up a reputation for his el…

Prabal Gurung’s fall/winter 2018 collection was influenced by his mother and childhood spent in South Asia.

The designer was raised in Nepal but relocated to New York in 1999 to kick off his fashion career, and has since built up a reputation for his elegant womenswear and slogan T-shirts.

Unveiling his latest line as part of New York Fashion Week on Sunday night (11Feb18), Gurung presented a range of garments featuring traditional fabrics from his homeland, with the collection designed to evoke the inner strength of his own mother and other women.

“On a quest to unearth his memories of seeing women at the forefront, so heavily influenced by his mother and his childhood in Nepal, Prabal explored the matrilineal world of the Mosuo Tribe, situated in the Yunnan Province of China,” a representative wrote on the brand’s Instagram alongside a series of images from the show. “This is the #pgworld, where we celebrate female solidarity, we share the colours of Prabal’s home in the east, and we present a vision for our collective future, a future that is #StrongerInColour.”

Gurung’s show opened with model Gigi Hadid sporting a hot pink skirt with white sweater featuring white faux fur details around the sleeves. The ensemble was topped off with a pink and white scarf featuring a Nepalese design, and she also wore strappy black high heels.

Other key items included heavy knit sweaters worn over skirts with thigh-high splits, dresses wrapped with Nepalese-style scarves and suits with geometric detailing.

Gurung largely stuck with a palette of sunset hues, with Ashley Graham walking the runway in a crimson dress and Bella Hadid strutting her stuff in a burgundy velvet strapless gown with gold drawstring at the waist.

The designer concluded the show with a line-up of elegant evening attire, including a fuchsia sequin number with shoulder cutouts and a gold and navy blue velvet dress with high neckline and dramatic draping.

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