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Prabal Gurung Fall 2010 Collection

Checking in with this season's wunderkind.

The fashion world is a funny thing and sometimes it seems like the attention of fashionistas shift like the weather. Prabal Gurung is suddenly the name on everyone's lips this week and his show got rave reviews and major star power in the front row, with Anna Wintour, Zoe Saldana and Demi Moore (among others) attending. Let's see what the fuss is about, shall we?













































One aspect of current fashion trends that we are completely over is the whole architectural, origami thing. But here's a collection that plays with those design elements while still maintaining a certain sense of welcome simplicity. The colors are lovely and there are some beautiful and interesting shapes here. Two criticisms: some of those peplums look a little overdone and we can't really applaud his fabric choices, which are not just shiny, but in some cases glittery and shiny. It tends to cheapen what look to be some extremely beautifully made clothes. Still, we can see why everyone's talking about him right now. After the relative crash and burn of Jason Wu (who is revealing himself with each collection to be simply not all that), this collection looks like the work of a designer who really knows how to make clothes both beautiful AND interesting.

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I like some of this;much is very done. A tad Mila-ish,no?


I don't know. . . I don't see a singular vision/feel like I've seen almost everything already. The best I can come up with is "Eh."


I like some of this;much is very done. A tad Mila-ish,no?


A few of the dresses are really very nice.


not feeling the love.at.all.


" A tad Mila-ish, no?" athenagirl

The top inthe second photo looks so much like Mila's winning jacket!


Eh. For example, compared to Irina's collection, this one is tired. Also, agree it's very Mila-ish.


The only opinion I can muster is a half hearted "enh". It all feels done. Some of it is nice. The fur pieces stand out as the most interesting, but then i'm really not a fan of fur for fashion and I doubt that's faux.


The only opinion I can muster is a half hearted "enh". It all feels done. Some of it is nice. The fur pieces stand out as the most interesting, but then i'm really not a fan of fur for fashion and I doubt that's faux.


I find it interesting that all the non-clunky shoes are worn with pants, where one can barely see the models' insteps, and the ones that make the models' feet look like horse hooves are all paired with the shorter dresses.

Are we ever going to see the end of clunky shoes on the runway? They all remind me of Frankenstein-Monster boots.


I like the lines. (I'm always a sucker for classic with a twist).

--GothamTomato


Honestly, I don't see what the hullabaloo is about. Totally underwhelmed.


That last gown is beautiful, but the rest is just origami noodles blah-blah, seen it too many times now. So much of fashion these days is starting to look like one of those Star Trek planets where everyone dresses alike.


I find the green strapless (2nd from bottom R) somewhat interesting (and the short dress to its left, to a lesser degree) because the shiny/sparkly fabric looks stiff and synthetic and doesn't drape -- that's the one thing that sets these two apart, since the silhouette has been done to death.

Still, overall, eh.


It's okay. There are some separates and dresses that are lovely, but there's nothing new and exciting here. For all the fuss, I have to say "meh".


I'm not blown away by this collection. I think the last two dresses are lovely. Some of the separates are nice and cocktail dresses are cute.

For the most part, I thought the color pallete was a bit dark (not black, just not popping color), perhaps fitting for fall. A couple interesting sillhouettes, but I can't see half the collection on real women.


Not a fan of the round shoulder stright body dresses - like the third row. so unflattering.

As opposed to "just clothes" it seem like just trash baggy


I like it, but I'm not wow'd by it. The first half reminds me of Mila's collection, but I think that's because she also favors black and white graphic designs.


Compared to Irina's collection, I'm underwhelmed. Irina should be getting this dude's press.


They are beautiful clothes no doubt. But I can't see what caught all the fashion editor's eyes.
The only piece that stands out for me is the grey fur cardigan.
And the shiny sparkley fabric, which I think was used rather well.


athenagirl:
I also thought of Mila with the first few looks!

But overall, I just kept thinking:
"My eye doesn't know where to go..."

Agree with TLo about being "over the oragami" aspects. Really don't like this collection at all.


Clean, simple, wearable, very now, but I don't get the fuss. Like many collections, this one uses lots of elements that have been seen elsewhere, which is all well and good, but I find that its simplicity does not make it stand out; rather, it makes it seem even more derivative of other work.


While there are some interesting clothes here, I'm not seeing "wunderkind".


There are things here that I would probably like if it were a favorite designer, say a Project Runway fave. Then I'd be impressed, especially by that sleek green gown near the end. But coming from a professional I don't have any emotional attachment to, these clothes are kind of... eh. Okay. That round, blobby sweatsuit silhouette on top is new to my eye, but not appealing. And the rest are just dresses.


What the hell is happening to fashion. I thought fashion was suppose to be about looking and wanting clothing that is different, new, innovative yet practical. If this clothing was made 10 years ago then it would seem new and fresh, but it's 2010. People want to look at something new. This collection made me vomit and I almost fell asleep.


This is just OK or meh for me.

I just watched a documentary on Sundance yesterday about the red carpet and fashion shows.

What an eye opener..I think it was called Red Carpet..I recommend seeing it to anyone who loves fashion and red carpet events.

It doesn't matter what "Star power" was there..they are all bought and paid for by the fashion house or its backers, especially demi moore.

It's Anna's job to see the shows but she probably still got kick backs.

These stars get free clothes, 1st class airfare or even private jets, 5 star hotel rooms for the time they are in the city of the shows, jewels, 5 and 6 figure checks plus their pick of freebies in the designer's private showroom, including all accessories just to sit in the front row of the show.( they showed mila Jovowitz(sp) doing that at Chanel in Paris back when she was acting alot)

It did give me a whole new love of Ms. Tilda Swinton, I now have mad respect for her.
She was one of the only celebs in that docu that didnt sell out or take gifts from fashion houses. She prefers to support new emerging and struggling designers, she wears the clothes, makes a statement and asks for nothing in return...YOU GO TILDA...keep the integrity!


I really liked the black knit dress with the belt. That reminds me of a favorite one I had in the 80s. Yeah, I'm dating myself. No one's surprised. I like the first green dress. And I think he has real potential. I'd be interested to see more from him.


I liked some of the eveningwear and there are some interesting silhouettes, but I'm a little perplexed by the huge fuss made over this collection. I hate to fall back on the old, it's been done, but many pieces do strike me as being familiar. Not entirely wow'd, but didn't hate it either.


edina


Noodle said: It did give me a whole new love of Ms. Tilda Swinton, I now have mad respect for her.
She was one of the only celebs in that docu that didnt sell out or take gifts from fashion houses. She prefers to support new emerging and struggling designers, she wears the clothes, makes a statement and asks for nothing in return...YOU GO TILDA...keep the integrity!




Oh, dear. There will be no stopping my Tilda girl crush now.


It's okay, but it seems like a 1995 version of a 2010 collection. Not very modern, IMO.


And that will teach me to have both threads open at the same time! heh

Comment should be on Tilda's thread. Need to mainline coffee today.


honesty.not.pc

I can totally picture Zoe in quite of few of the dresses.

Good style match for her and her tiny little body.


These pieces are designed to create an illusion of how the body is shaped. They cinch a waist, slim hips, make legs appear thinner and boobs larger. Women with flaws will be fighting over them.


I liked some of the eveningwear and there are some interesting silhouettes, but I'm a little perplexed by the huge fuss made over this collection. I hate to fall back on the old, it's been done, but many pieces do strike me as being familiar. Not entirely wow'd, but didn't hate it either.


edina




If you get a chance to see the documentary i mentioned it tells you that the fuss is all "manufactured" behind the scenes by PR firms and celebrities for sale. I bet everyone "making a fuss" was rewarded in some way to make a fuss.

I could be wrong about this particular show, but after seeing the clothes i doubt it. i think Christian Siriano has had much better showings than this in every collection he has done.


Other than the circle-cut black and red coat, which while not utterly innovative is a better take on that meme than anything I've seen recently, it all looks very boring. There's a red dress with an origami bodice, further down, which would be OK in a textile that didn't look like the drawings I did the first time I got glitter pens.


Kind of dated in a way, no?


I do love the first looks and some of the other more tailored simple pieces.

Not so much the ones that reflect current trend to pile everything on in a big luxe fit.

There really is a lot of fur this season, isn't there?


Feels like a bunch of dresses designed for Molly Ringwald for an 80s coming of age romantic comedy. Truly bad 80s prom. Can't get behind this.


I agree about the fabrics, particularly near the end of the show. Color blocking is certainly his thing, but this collection is quite wearable for the most part, and to me, that's a good thing, particularly for a young designer. New designers aren't going to have the luxury of making "wow" statements on the runway while losing money. That business model seems to have left the building.


Christiane King mentioned this guy one her Facebook fan page as one of her favorites and I was kind of disappointed. Some pieces stand out but most of it isn't really stirring any emotions in me, you know? Although once again it seems that on the "the ___ are back" timeline, we're definitely at the 80s.


how i feel regarding this collection:

"I know you can be overwhelmed, and i know you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever be just whelmed?"


Looks like a PR collection


I like. There's a lot of nice shapes here, and a lot of looks that I suspect an average-sized American woman could wear.


Love the gold shiny/glittery dress. We'll be seeing that on some starlet for sure.


I'm with you, Whitney. I'm whelmed. He has some nice pieces in there, but nothing fabulous, and there is no cohesive vision. It started out quite graphic, like Mila and then went off into origami and then somewhere else. The colors didn't hang together that well, either.

The only piece I really like is the greenish dress near the end. That was cool and very sleek.

I agree that Irina should be the darling, not this guy. Still, he is sort of the second coming of Jason Wu.


Who is this dude's publicist? They need to get him/her for Irina.


The first few looks brought Mila's signature piece to mind, and then a few of the latter pieces brought Christian to mind.
I don't know I didn't really think it was anything noteworthy.
OMG AND THANK GOD I have never been a fan of Jason Wu he is a lame one note who sometimes makes kind of petty dresses I can't wait for all this Wu-hype to die down.


The first few looks brought Mila's signature piece to mind, and then a few of the latter pieces brought Christian to mind.
I don't know I didn't really think it was anything noteworthy.
OMG AND THANK GOD I have never been a fan of Jason Wu he is a lame one note who sometimes makes kind of petty dresses I can't wait for all this Wu-hype to die down.


While I completely see where TLo is coming from - and seconded, thirded, whatever on the Jason Wu hype - I am more enthused about his model choices than this collection. I think the two things that really aren't doing it for me are the fabrics (in colors, sheen, weight, etc.) and the necklines (especially the tacked-together looking neckline of the first black/white/red outfit or the genius collar that ends up looking like mocking quadraboob of the first outfit).


Ehhhh....overdone looks. Tired and boring. Next, please.


One model looks like she was attacked by a dalmation.


Yes! It does remind of Mila and Ben. And I like these clothes. Except I'm with you boys on the peplums - ugh. Prabal had me until the black&white with the train...then he lost me. But the first 6 or 7 looks I likey.


I'm not really a fan. It does not offend, but I dont' really like it. And really, the models are styled so horribly that it isn't helping.


Hi Boys!

I really liked some of the pieces in the Farah Angsana collection. Before I whip out the credit card, what did you guys think.

Mrs. Miniver


Haven't we seen this before?


It looks like an '80's party to me. I still have a shiny gold dress from 1989 hanging in my closet, so the best I can come up with, is "yawn..."


Uh, everybody knows Jason Wu got his big break by fucking a buyer at Saks. It was connections, not talent...clearly.


The neutral pieces were soporific. I really like the color pieces. That green shiny-sparkly fabric - I love the hue and the gleam.


meh. nothing we havent seen before.


Some of this looks like what Mila wishes she could pull off.

Some of it leaves me rather flat, but there are a few that leave a cool, calm feeling in their simplicity. Really lovely bits in there. I hope Gurung lives up to the potential shown, rather than down to the shiny, glittery frou-frou.





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