BEHIND THE COLLECTION PRABAL GURUNG FALL/ WINTER 2014
The mighty imagination of one of fashion’s biggest breakout talents.
Only five years in the game, Prabal Gurung has already accrued a decade’s worth of accolades, including high praise in the form of famous fans such as Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton. The New York designer deconstructs his best-ever fall/winter collection.
THE MUSE “My collections are always about designing for a woman of substance. We live in an age where stupidity is often celebrated—my work is an opposite reaction to that.” THE INSPO “This collection was inspired by a secluded kingdom between Tibet and Nepal called Mustang. Its climate is challenging, so people there wrap themselves in colourful layers of scarves and jackets. What I really love about it is the sensuality of the place and the way of life—there’s a real human connection because they’re so disconnected.”
“When I launched, there were no investors. I started with my group of friends—they were my support system. I’m really proud of the staff I work with—they don’t work for me; they work with me—and the fact that they’re all happy and excited to be here.” THE ’ TUDE “You can’t bullshit people—that’s what I’ve realized. They can sense how truly passionate you are. Your grit and your integrity are palpable. It’s very important to stay true to yourself, to what kind of designer you want to be and to what kind of person you want to be, because that affects the design.”