Tuesday, July 27

Designer Profile | Prabal Gurang

Prabal Gurang has dressed the likes of Michelle Obama at a White House Correspondents’ dinner at Washington’s Hilton Hotel, Kristen Stewart at the South Korea premiere of Eclipse, and Heidi Mount at the CFDA awards. With a CV like this, it’s essential we add Gurang to our list of celebrated designers.

Gurang first appeared at New York fashion week in February of last year, following his first runway show in a tent at Bryant Park. The Singapore-born designer has built up a worldly design knowledge after several years of travel and working for numerous stylists and design houses. He interned at Donna Karen while winning Best Designer at the Parsons Design awards, and went on to spend two years at Cynthia Rowley’s. His successful career led him on to gain the seat as the design director at Bill Blaiss for five years, which stirred the talented designer to start his own namesake design house, to the joy of many women’s wardrobes around the world.
Gurang has been celebrated for his precise lines, earning him a Fashion Fund Award and a nomination at the 2010 CDFA Swarovski Womenswear Awards. The designers latest collection takes visually beautiful yet also wearable designs to another level, utilising a monochrome and gold palette to create a host of clear-cut dresses.
The inspiration for the collection draws from the little beauties in life, such as his mum’s YSL Rive Gauche perfume back in the 1970s. Sometimes designers inspiration is hard to see in an outfit, but Gurang sets the mood of the collection clearly, translating the stripes of the perfume packaging onto the pattern on his outfits.

The Singaporean also pulls stimulation from the way in which New York women dress themselves, which is probably why his designs can translate so well into every women’s wardrobe. He attends social gatherings uptown and downtown to get a feel for what a woman really wants in an outfit, what more could we ask for in a womenswear designer? -Isabella Stockwell

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