SPRING 2019. – Prabal Gurung
09.13.18
SPRING 2019.
SPRING 2019.

THIS STORY BEGINS WITH A NOMADIC VOYAGE. A VOYAGE MOST INSPIRED BY MY
RECENT TRAVELS FROM INDIGENOUS VILLAGES OF NEPAL TO THE URBAN STREETS OF
TOKYO, LONDON, MUMBAI, PARIS, SHANGHAI, ABU DHABI AND NEW YORK. TODAY, I
INVITE YOU TO EXPERIENCE MY CROSS-CULTURAL JOURNEY, ONE THAT SEES NO BORDERS, TIED TOGETHER THROUGH OUR ABILITY TO USE COLOUR AS A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE.


GROWING UP IN NEPAL, I WOULD OFTEN ENCOUNTER AND INTERACT WITH THE
RANA THARUS, A SUBSET OF THE THARU TRIBE, A SPIRITED GROUP FOUND IN THE
SOUTHERN FOOTHILLS OF MY HOMELAND. A MATRIARCHAL CULTURE, THE RANA THARUS FOSTER A BEAUTIFUL, GIVING COMMUNITY, BUILDING THEIR ENTIRE LIVELIHOOD WITH A STRONG-WILLED DISPOSITION AND THEIR VERY OWN HANDS. WITH GRACE AND LOYALTY TOWARD THEIR SACRED BONDS, THE THARU WOMEN ARE RESOURCEFUL ARTISTS WITH RESPECT FOR THEIR LAND. THOUGH PEACEFUL IN NATURE, THE THARUS FOSTER A STRONG VISUAL IDENTITY BY HONOURING THE TRADITIONALLY VIBRANT ATTIRE, WHICH IN TURN CREATES A QUIET RESISTANCE AND EVER-POWERFUL STANCE.


WE CELEBRATE THIS CRAFTSMANSHIP, JOINING WITH MODERN FEMALE
ARTISANS IN NEPAL TO HAND EMBROIDERED ORGANIC COTTON AND HAND DIPPED
TIE-DYE CASHMERE KNITS. THE EASE OF CARGO, JERSEY AND DENIM IS MET
WITH FEATHER EMBROIDERY AND HAND-PLEATED CHIFFON, PROVIDING OUR
MODERN MUSE WITH A MYRIAD OF CHOICES THAT CELEBRATE HER FEMININITY.


IN OUR MODERN WORLD AND CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE, TOGETHER WE HAVE CREATED A SIGNIFICANT SOCIAL AND CULTURAL SHIFT WHERE TRADITIONAL ROLES, GENDERS AND IDENTIFIERS ARE BREAKING DOWN. OUR MODELS COME TOGETHER ON
TODAY’S RUNWAY FROM OVER 35 COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE,
WALKING WITH PURPOSE AND POISE, CHOSEN TO REPRESENT A PIECE
OF OUR WORLD. OUR WORLD IS ONE WHERE ALL OF HUMANITY REIGNS.


AMID THIS TIME OF UNCERTAINTY WE CONTINUE TO BUILD ON THE POWER OF
INCLUSIVITY. WITH THIS, WE INTRODUCE OUR FIRST MENSWEAR COLLECTION - A
MELDING OF OUR EASTERN HERITAGE WITH THE SENSIBILITY OF URBAN STREET
CULTURE AND AN APPRECIATION FOR SAVILE ROW TECHNIQUES. WE EXPLORE
URBAN CITIES AND TRADITIONAL CULTURES TO INSPIRE THE COLOURFUL, BOLD
AND ECLECTIC SPIRIT OF THE COLLECTION, DEDICATED TO THOSE EXPLORATIVE
AND KINDRED SOULS WHO WISH TO REPRESENT THEIR INDIVIDUALITY AND TRUTHS.


OUR PRABAL GURUNG WORLD, ONE OF COMPASSION, ACCEPTANCE, BRAVERY, AND
CONVICTION IS COMPLETE WITH A FINALE OF ATELIER PRABAL GURUNG GOWNS,
HAND CRAFTED WITH COUTURE IDEALS THAT SPEAK TO THE BESPOKE ESSENCE. THE
COLLECTION IS COMPLEMENTED BY TASAKI ATELIER EARRINGS, CREATED IN TOKYO WITH THE HIGHEST QUALITY STONES AND PEARLS FROM THE TASAKI PEARL FARM IN NAGASAKI.


LIVE IN COLOUR. LEAD WITH YOUR HEART. FIND PEACE IN THE JOURNEY.

 

xPG

 

Photo courtesy of Michael Stewart.

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