Prabal Gurung

How to prove that you’ve arrived? Why not best the rest with the longest catwalk imaginable, an impressive span that ran down the cavernous Pier 57 like Park Avenue? Oh, and in case there’s any doubt: why not drive the point home by opening with Joan Smalls and Daria Werbowy? Oh, and let’s have a star-studded house, including Kate Bosworth, Hailee Steinfeld, and Rachel Zoe, amongst many many others. Clearly, Prabal Gurung isn’t playing around.

For spring, he added his signature twist to the sporty theme that’s fast becoming major news in New York. But he did it with a difference. Sporty couture we’ll call it, as he took easy shapes and amped them up for show-stopping effect. Think printed silk elastic waist pants and sheer chiffon gym shorts mixed with razor sharp jacket and airy layers that felt just right. But you definitely won’t be heading to the gym in these clothes, even though the catwalk trek was probably really good cardio.

The secret is that all of it felt completely effortless, and unfussy, like slipping on some sweats that just happen to be made out of dazzling brocade. Come next spring, Gurung’s stock will likely continue rising.

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