– EN Fashion – Prabal Gurung fused together his Eastern roots with his Western life for his fall/ winter 19 collection.
Recruiting an army of famous models for his New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (10Feb19), including Bella Hadid, Ashley Graham, Winnie Harlow, Duckie Thot, Candice Swanepoel and Taylor Hill, the Nepali-American designer took inspiration from the Hippie trail – the name given to the journey between Europe and South Asia, mainly through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal from 1957 to 1978 – by members of the hippie subculture.
Stand out looks included Amanda Murphy’s hot pink and red belted smoking jacket, worn over slouchy dark trousers and a yellow and pink swirled top.
Graham modelled a similar print top, this time in yellow and turquoise, which was matched with a padded turquoise jacket, flowing skirt, and shin-high boots.
The colourful hippie pieces gave way to glam eveningwear when Hadid stepped onto the catwalk, wearing a low-cut, floor-sweeping black gown, which had black and white ruffling around the neckline and shoulders.
A shimmering brocade dress complete with pink feathers also brought the glam factor, while multicoloured feathers were utilised on a cute cocktail dress.
In his show notes, which in keeping with the brand’s pledge to be more sustainable, Gurung shared on Instagram rather than printing, he explained how he was influenced by his roots and trips back to Nepal.
Tory Burch also showed in the Big Apple on Sunday, and surprised fashion editors by taking her cue for F/W 19 from Black Mountain College – an experimental college founded in 1933 which closed two decades later.
“I’ve always been obsessed,” she said. “It really formed the trajectory of modern art in America. But what I loved about it was its progressive attitude. It wasn’t about gender or race. It was about sheer creativity and the confluence of all these different artists coming together. It’s where modern thinking should be today.”
The result of her obsession was an eclectic collection of clothes, which featured tailored looks as well as floaty, feminine dresses.
The colour palette was mainly muted, though there were splashes of yellow, red and orange in among the blacks, greys and whites.
On Monday, Carolina Herrera, Proenza Schouler and Anna Sui will all be a part of the catwalk schedule.