Prabal Gurung: NY Fashion Week Fall 2010

February 22, 2010
By Sheryl Blasnik

On February 13th, I was seated behind Anna Wintour to take in the Prabal Gurung Fashion Show for Fall 2010. To give you some insight as to why I was so excited to see his fall collection let me give you a brief background on Prabal.

Prabal Gurung, a graduate of Parsons, started his NYC experience interning for Donna Karan and went on to land a design position with Cynthia Rowley who attended his show.  After two years he became Design Director at Bill Blass. His name became known in the industry when he was nominated for Fashion Group International’s rising star award and this year Prabal was awarded $25,000 by the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation when he was one of 4 winners in the women’s wear category.  He also took part in the Ecco Domani Fashion Show at the tent on February 15th showing seven looks on the runway.

Prabal-Gurung by Sheryl Blasnik

This Nepal-born young designer had a front row of some tough critics to please.  Spotted:  Anna Wintour and Daughter, Bee, along with Rachel Zoe and her assistant Brad Goreski.  Avatar star Zoe Saldana was also seated front row.

The show opened with a cashmere coat and a camel matte wool skirt.  Best known for his exquisite tailoring he did not disappoint.  There were looks with contrasting colors and black and white was shown in an interesting, sometimes color blocked, way.  Besides showing “office ready” apparel he also added a cement grey sheared mink coat with a silver fox capelet.  Handmade lambskin gauntlet gloves accessorized a black wool faille zippered dress with a hem of horsehair.

Prabal-Gurung by Sheryl Blasnik

The last looks were gowns made of silk gazar in crimson and in bottle green. With actresses like Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester and Demi Moore among his fan base I am sure we are bound to see a Prabal Gurung custom couture gown grace the red carpet.  The 2010 Oscars perhaps…

PHOTOS:  WWD

Sheryl Blasnik

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