A Singapore born Nepali has captured the imagination of the New York fashion world.
Today hailed as one of New York’s top designers, he has thrust Nepal onto the map of high fashion, unveiling “one of the most exciting catwalk shows of the season”.
He is Prabal Gurung and he unveiled his fall/winter 2014 season to a packed house at New York’s Moynihan Station recently.
Prabal, who established his label in 2009 after studying in India and New York, has dressed some of the most famous women in the world, including actress Hailee Steinfeld
He grew up in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, and said that his new collection “was a glimpse of home. I wanted to share with the rest of the world a little piece of me”.
The 34-year-old who travels back to Nepal every year to trek in the Himalayas “to recharge his batteries”, had the backstage of his New York show covered with pictures of his homeland.
Prabal is from Mustang, a place on the Chinese border and his latest collection was inspired by his most recent trip home. “It’s amazingly and beautifully colorful, yet so peaceful at the same time,” Gurung reportedly said.
The show “featured Pashmina, and anklets from Nepal which were made into shoes in Italy, embroidered feathers from India, chiffon from Paris and sunglasses from London”.
It was described as “a riot of claret, navy, scarlet, peach and gray, models in minimal makeup powering down the runway in furs, feathers, capes, sequins and elegant chiffon evening gowns”.
Asked about the essence of his theme, Prabal said it was, “Femininity with a bite”.