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Monday September 9, 2013 MYT 3:00:00 PM
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A designer at NY fashion week describes his collection as ‘femininity with a bite’.
FROM Prabal Gurung’s futuristic Marilyn Monroe to Jill Stuart’s 1970s rock chick and sensual but modest Lacoste, designers unveiled a vast array of spring looks in New York.
Singapore-born Gurung – whose creations have been worn by Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey – went to extremes to “preserve an elegant woman who is more and more rare.”
Gurung’s dresses and skirts fell mid-calf, some elegantly off-shoulder, in pastel pink, lavender, canary yellow, green or bold prints. Lips were bright pink and tangerine while hair was slicked back.
Describing his collection as “femininity with a bite” the designer – who launched his eponymous brand in 2009 – said he pushed into the future using unusual fabric choices.
He used laminated silk and lace and mixed tweed with plastic. One “raincoat” was blended with tulle and silk while another was just clear black-painted plastic paired with green crop pants and a printed T-shirt.
Gurung said his collection was “an ode to all the women I love and women in general.”
He said he was inspired by actress Marilyn Monroe from Bert Stern’s The Last Sitting photoshoot – published in Vogue six weeks before she died – and wanted to recreate “that melancholic feel.”
Celebrities, fashionistas and industry heavyweights have flocked to New York for seven days of fashion frenzy in the Big Apple, which runs until Sept 12 before the spotlight swings over to London, Milan and Paris. – AFP
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