The New York-based fashion designer Prabal Gurung’s signature creations had made an impactful statement at the Met Gala 2023. Prabal Gurung has now created a resort 2024 collection of feminine dresses and edgy suiting.
Prabal Gurung pursued his ethos of empowering women for the resort season taking inspiration from the women in his own life.
“I’m always inspired by strong women in my life, and especially by my mother,” Gurung said. “Growing up in Nepal, I remember her getting ready rituals — the care and attention she spent each morning to start the day. Thinking about this time in front of the mirror, it is the most present one with ourselves. It is a moment to pause before the day, to feel hope for what is to come and to dream a little about what they want to bring into the world. These moments of solitude with getting dressed or undressed are so vulnerable and beautiful. I wanted to capture this feeling of hope and empowerment with the collection.”
Gurung maintained his signature feminine floral patterns for the collection. And then created romantic flowing gowns in a black and yellow and red and white poppy pattern. You can see the prints in sari-style gowns, which were further enhanced by a metallic gold accent.
The designer also used raffia corded lace for several pieces. He designed a bridal-inspired off-the-shoulder minidress and a long-sleeve red formfitting style that balanced the more flowing silhouettes. For a modern look with an edgy feel, Gurung offered suiting, a loose-fitting yellow suit, a bright red suit-inspired dress and an oversized black suit jacket.
“The power suit reimagined intertwines a classic structured silhouette with graceful details to redefine traditional gender norms and the beauty of diversity,” Gurung explained. “This season, we have bold colours of mimosa and red, and new fabrics like tweed with hand-frayed chiffon details that mix masculine and feminine to create a captivating blend of strength and delicacy.”
Additionally, there were a handful of youthful looks in the collection. This includes a floral brocade corset and matching miniskirt. The collection showcases Prabal Gurung’s ability to design for a wide range of women.
Prabal Gurung was born in Singapore to Nepali parents and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. He launched his line in 2009 at the New York Fashion Week. His creations have been worn by Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway. Gurung’s collection is produced in New York City, reflecting his commitment to supporting local workers. He was the recipient of the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award 2010.
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