Prabal Gurung urges Asian-Americans to pledge support for Black Lives Matter

Prabal Gurung has begged members of the Asian-American community to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.The Nepalese-American designer, who often incorporates social and political messages into his fashion collections, has penned an …

Prabal Gurung has begged members of the Asian-American community to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Nepalese-American designer, who often incorporates social and political messages into his fashion collections, has penned an op-ed for The Washington Post in which he voiced support for the anti-racism protests that have erupted in major cities across the U.S. and the world following the shocking death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis on 25 May.

Noting that he believes it is time to discard the “cycle of submission” and myth of the “model minority”, Gurung urged his fellow Asian-Americans to use social media and other platforms to vocalise their advocacy.

“It is time for us to stand in solidarity with black communities whose sacrifices led to the civil rights and privileges we benefit from. It is time we show America we are more than a ‘well-behaved’ and complicit trope. Now is the time for action,” he wrote. “We have to demand change, and demand that police brutality and the flagrant and systematic disregard for black lives stops. Humanity is not tied to one person, place, gender or race. Black Lives Matter; our liberation is bound together and we must turn our segregated oppression into a collective resistance.”

Elsewhere in the article, Gurung also reflected on the complicated emotions he had over finding out Tou Thao, along with Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, had been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in relation to Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin, the man filmed kneeling on the 46-year-old’s neck for nearly nine minutes during the arrest, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.

“Seeing that an Asian man was involved in the violent murder of a black man, I feel a responsibility to help cultivate solidarity between black and Asian communities. We cannot perpetuate the narrative that the colonists put forward, which says that minority groups shouldn’t get along,” the 41-year-old concluded.

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Alexa Chung and Tan France’s Next in Fashion cancelled

Alexa Chung and Tan France’s design competition show Next in Fashion has been axed after one season.The programme, which debuted on Netflix in January, followed 18 designers from around the world as they competed in challenges based on style and runway…

Alexa Chung and Tan France’s design competition show Next in Fashion has been axed after one season.

The programme, which debuted on Netflix in January, followed 18 designers from around the world as they competed in challenges based on style and runway trends.

However, France confirmed during an interview with Variety on Thursday that a second series had not been greenlit.

“This is a one-season show, we don’t know what will happen in the future,” he told the publication, hinting that the show may be picked up at another network. “But it was honestly one of the proudest things I’ve ever worked on. I love the show and Alexa so much. My focus is definitely on Queer Eye and moving forward with that.”

Filmed in May 2019, the show was won by Minju Kim, with the South Korean designer taking home $250,000 (£198,000) and the offer of debuting a collection on Net-a-Porter’s website.

British fashion star Daniel Fletcher was the runner-up, while Angel Chen and Ashton Hirota rounded out the top four.

Produced by Robin Ashbrook, Yasmin Shackleton, and Adam Cooper, guest judges on Next in Fashion included Instagram’s Eva Chen, celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart, designers Prabal Gurung and Kerby Jean-Raymond, as well as model Adriana Lima.

Other recent shows to be scrapped by Netflix bosses include Spinning Out, Messiah, and AJ and the Queen.

At present, France is promoting Netflix series Queer Eye, on which he serves as a style expert, with the fifth season of the hit series premiering on Friday.

Meanwhile, TV personality/designer Chung is keeping busy by working on future collections for her namesake fashion label.

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Prabal Gurung supporting Black Lives Matter movement by re-releasing capsule collection

Prabal Gurung is supporting the Black Lives Matter movement by re-releasing a capsule collection of T-shirts and hoodies.The designer took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce he would be donating 100 per cent of proceeds from his Stronger in Colour l…

Prabal Gurung is supporting the Black Lives Matter movement by re-releasing a capsule collection of T-shirts and hoodies.

The designer took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce he would be donating 100 per cent of proceeds from his Stronger in Colour line to The Bail Project, which funds bail money for low-income individuals in the U.S.

“Prabal Gurung stands in solidarity with, and in support of Black lives everywhere – and all those who are committed to combatting racism, oppression, inequality, and injustice,” the statement read.

“We have posted, donated, signed petitions, marched in protests, spoken on panels, and shared important resources – but this didn’t feel like enough. This is just one additional step, and we know there is still more we can do,” the 41-year-old added.

The Nepalese-American designer is throwing his support behind protesters in the U.S. and around the world, who have taken to the streets to demand an end to racial inequality and injustice, following the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers.

“For too long, Black communities have been marginalized through racist policing and imprisonment, pretrial injustice, police brutality, cuts from state and federal funds, resources being stripped from them, unequal pay that contributing to socio-economic inequality, relaxed environmental regulations in their neighborhoods, and unfair hiring practices,” Gurung continued in his powerful post.

“It feels as though we are on the precipice of true change as this movement barrels forward,” he added.

The Stronger in Colour hoodies and T-shirts, priced from $95 to $175 (£76 to £139), are available to purchase until 15 June on prabalgurung.com.

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Prabal Gurung voices support for Black Lives Matter movement

Prabal Gurung has called on fans to vocalise their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.The Nepalese-American designer, who often incorporates social and political messages into his fashion collections, has taken to Instagram to share a lengthy …

Prabal Gurung has called on fans to vocalise their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Nepalese-American designer, who often incorporates social and political messages into his fashion collections, has taken to Instagram to share a lengthy post about the protests that have erupted in major cities across the U.S. following the shocking death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis last week.

Explaining why it is time to take a stand against racism and police brutality, Gurung encouraged his 740,000 followers to “invest in your activism”.

“Now is the time for action. It is our moment to have difficult conversations, to challenge ourselves, to ask hard questions, to resist, TO GET LOUD, to act outside our comfort zone, and to reach across the aisle,” he began. “We can no longer exercise our activism or use our voice when it is comfortable for us. In order to achieve real change, we must achieve true solidarity by becoming allies and helping to build a global support system.”

Gurung then went on to emphasise how there is power in the “collective voice” and insisted that those who prefer not to take part in protests can show their support for the cause and other marginalised communities by educating themselves, purchasing from minority-owned businesses, and donating to organisations.

“Silence and inaction are the ultimate form of complicity. Humanity is not tied to one person, place, gender, or race. Our liberation is bound together, we need to turn segregated oppression into a collective resistance. We have to demand change, and demand that the violence and murder of innocent Black lives STOPS,” he added.

Elsewhere, leaders from sportswear giants Adidas and Nike have showed support for protesters, as has Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing. Executives at beauty company Glossier have pledged $500,000 (£402,000) to organisations focused on combatting racial injustice.

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Prabal Gurung donates 2,000 face masks to New York City hospitals

Prabal Gurung has donated 2,000 masks to frontline workers amid the coronavirus crisis.Last month, the Nepalese-American designer announced that he was preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) …

Prabal Gurung has donated 2,000 masks to frontline workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

Last month, the Nepalese-American designer announced that he was preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare employees in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, Gurung has since discovered that PPE is a “complex and heavily regulated product which falls outside the scope of our manufacturing capabilities”, so he has teamed with officials at The COVID Foundation to donate approximately 2,000 3M respirator masks to hospitals in New York City.

“We invite you to join us in supporting our medical professions and essential workers through donating directly to this fund,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “One hundred per cent of donations will support our ongoing Covid-19 response efforts delivering PPE to medical professionals, and frontline and essential workers, as well as supporting grassroots organisations. We will forever be inspired by the courage of our first responders, whose unwavering strength and resilience is a light of hope for us all.”

Gurung went on to note that he is investigating a “safe plan to scale production of civilian face masks” with the goal to reinvigorate the Garment District.

Other fashion designers, including Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell, have also been making masks for key workers, while executives at major conglomerates such as Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have unveiled plans to supply millions of masks to residents in France.

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H&M to supply protective equipment for hospitals during coronavirus crisis

H&M is to begin making protective equipment for hospital workers amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, executives at the Swedish high street retailer have announced that they are quickly rearranging …

H&M is to begin making protective equipment for hospital workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, executives at the Swedish high street retailer have announced that they are quickly rearranging their supply chain in order to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and healthcare workers.

“The coronavirus is dramatically affecting each and every one of us, and H&M Group is, like many other organisations, trying our best to help in this extraordinary situation,” commented Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at H&M Group. “We see this is as a first step in our efforts to support in any way we can. We are all in this together, and have to approach this as collectively as possible.”

Gedda hopes to start delivering as soon as possible. At present, approximately two-thirds of H&M’s stores around the globe have closed in response to government measures enacted to help slow down the spread of the virus. Customers can still shop online in 50 markets.

Elsewhere, executives at other major conglomerates are doing their part to aid hospital workers too, with leaders at Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) unveiling plans to supply millions of masks to people in France.

While top fashion designers, such as Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, and Brandon Maxwell, are also looking at converting their workshops so they can make medical masks and other PPE for hospital staff in New York.

Since the coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China last December, there have been approximately 424,000 confirmed cases and an estimated 18,900 deaths.

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Prabal Gurung to begin manufacturing supplies for medical workers

Prabal Gurung has pledged to begin making medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, the Nepalese-American designer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he is preparing his worksh…

Prabal Gurung has pledged to begin making medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, the Nepalese-American designer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he is preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Responding to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for fashion industry leaders to help make medical masks last week, Gurung wants to do all he possibly can to help.

“The PG team has been working tirelessly over the course of the last week to finalise an actionable plan to manufacture PPE for medical workers and first responders who are on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis,” he wrote. “As a brand that produces over 90 per cent of our collections in NY, our goal is not only to fill the void of critical PPE, but to mobilise our domestic partners, revitalising U.S. producers and suppliers. While we are eager to share our progress with you all, the coronavirus crisis is ever evolving, and as new information is revealed, so are new FDA and state regulations. In this moment, credible and validated information is of the utmost importance for the advancement of all Covid-19 relief efforts.”

Gurung went on to note that he is in contact with Cuomo’s team and employees at local hospitals to figure out exactly what supplies are required.

“We are currently working in partnership with @nygovcuomo office & local hospitals to secure clearance to produce, and ensure the viability of our output,” the 40-year-old added.

Other fashion designers, including Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell, are also looking to make medical masks for hospital workers, while executives at major conglomerates such as Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have unveiled plans to supply millions of masks to workers in France.

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Prabal Gurung calls on industry leaders to unite in face of coronavirus crisis

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady …

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway.

But as Covid-19 continues to sweep the globe, with 204,000 cases and over 8,200 deaths to date, Gurung has instructed his New York-based team to work from home but stay in “close communications”, and accordingly, has been contemplating how the pandemic will force change within the wider business.

“Tackling an issue of this magnitude requires unity. We have to reach across departmental and industry lines to pull in help from a global brain trust of brilliant creatives and business leaders,” he wrote in an essay for Vogue.com. “Right now, what we need in fashion are leaders who are unafraid to have these conversations, and to really break the patterns that have in so many ways gotten us to this unhealthy place. America stands for change, America stands for guts. We have the power to set the tone of how we function going forward.”

Gurung went on to note that he and his team are very focused on finding solutions for becoming even more sustainable, inclusive, and inventive. And he is also concerned about ways he can champion other independent designers.

“We are in a unique position to change the tides. Whether it is about race, size, or age; the conversation starts here,” the 40-year-old mused. “In so many ways, coronavirus was the final straw that finally made me sit back and really think about our current definition of success, and what we were willing to sacrifice to get there.”

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Prabal Gurung pays homage to New York City with fall 20 line

Prabal Gurung has paid tribute to New York City with his fall/winter 2020 collection.The Nepalese-American fashion designer unveiled his latest line, titled Impossible Dreamers, at the Rainbow Room as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the …

Prabal Gurung has paid tribute to New York City with his fall/winter 2020 collection.

The Nepalese-American fashion designer unveiled his latest line, titled Impossible Dreamers, at the Rainbow Room as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the likes of Indya Moore and Nicky Hilton perched on the front row.

Regarding his inspiration, Gurung shared in his show notes that the range stemmed from a quote penned by author Joan Didion about the Big Apple and his own experiences.

“No one ever truly gets over New York City. It’s not just a place – it is a feeling of belonging and purpose that leaves an indelible mark on your identity,” he commented. “To those that know the city well, the skyline bears a familiar smirk, a twinkle of glee in the understanding that some will never learn the beauty of its chaos. The sirens are our anthem, the taxis our chariots, billboards copper our eyes, and we are guided by our vagabond shoes, we feel that anything is possible, and the energetic vibration of the air stirs our souls awake. This urban jungle builds dreams of sheer grit and tenacity.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a sharp white suit with black lapels and a large button attached to the centre of the jacket. A mix of elegant black dresses, white jackets, and mint green numbers followed. Gurung also played with feathers, attaching them to jackets, skirts, and stoles.

Other highlights included an eclectic mix of floral and leopard print pieces, as well as a dramatic line-up of eveningwear designs, such as a strapless gown made from sky-blue tulle and a slinky black velvet gown with silver beading and cutouts.

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Prabal Gurung names dressing Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment

Prabal Gurung has named dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment.The designer celebrated the 10th anniversary of his eponymous brand and the release of his forthcoming self-titled book with a star-studded bash in Los…

Prabal Gurung has named dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment.

The designer celebrated the 10th anniversary of his eponymous brand and the release of his forthcoming self-titled book with a star-studded bash in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, opened up about the highs and lows of his decade in the industry.

Gurung shared some of his most memorable moments dressing famous faces – including Demi Moore and Oprah Winfrey – but it was creating not one but two dresses in the space of a few months for Obama that was the pinnacle of the 40-year-old’s career.

“The biggest moment for me was when First Lady Michelle Obama wore (the brand) because it validated my mom’s desire. I told her, ‘I’m dressing all these celebrities.’ And she said, ‘Let’s talk,’ and told me why I should dress Michelle Obama. A year later, when I dressed her, I was in Paris and I called my mom,” Gurung recalled.

The former First Lady initially wore Prabal Gurung in March 2010, with the Nepalese-American designer then creating a custom gown for her to wear for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May later that same year.

Olivia Munn, Laverne Cox, Rachel Zoe, Joan Smalls, Jaime King, and Law Roach were among the guests at the intimate bash too, and Gurung went on to emphasise his desire to keep championing inclusivity and social issues during his shows.

“I came to America as an immigrant with a dream of becoming a fashion designer almost 20 years ago. Tonight is about celebrating people who are different. It’s a celebration of people who are misfits. Whether you’re in the film industry, whether you’re in fashion, any creative field. We all know how it feels to be different,” he shared.

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