With the spring styles he showed at New York Fashion Week Saturday, Prabal Gurung is proposing a little more freedom in a woman's wardrobe.
The looser, less-constructed silhouette was seen from the first look, an ethereal white hand-embroidered jacket with beads and a trail of chiffon floating behind, to the last, a blush-colored strapless cocktail dress with ostrich feathers and "creeping sequins."
Between them, the editors, stylists and retailers gathered at the industrial Pier 57 on the Hudson River saw an ice-blue organza tunic decorated with hand-painted flowers and feathered threadwork. It was paired with techno-wool cropped pants.
"Clothes are moving slightly away from the body. You know, especially what is happening around the world right now, especially in America with politics and everything, the idea of giving freedom to women sounds very, very exciting to me," he said backstage before the show.
Gurung didn't shy away from the heavily embellished path, even if it meant going his own way this round of previews, where other designers have pared down their looks.
He also took into account that women are always in motion. Maybe that explains the new take on "sweatpants" — in printed silk.