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Prabal Gurung puts a loving spotlight on the world’s misfits

NY (AP) Prabal Gurung sent his NY Fashion Week models down an extended, stark runway Saturday in the shadow of the US wearing an explosion of sheers and colors being an ode to the misfits of the planet that are often watched and monitored, scrutinized but unseen.

The designer told The Associated Press he discovered an industrial space in the former home of japan consulate while on a bike ride on Manhattans East Side. He turned it right into a white runway that made his revealing metallics, bondage looks and neon brights pop.

I needed to produce a space because of this particular show where we felt what we have been feeling in the culture itself: Sort of unsure politically, culturally, but we still desire to be hopeful, desire to be optimistic, he said. I would have to be close to the reminder of the U.N. our job popular isn’t done until we have been alert and vigilant.

During the last year, Gurung said, he found his hope and optimism fading because the status quo, the patriarchy, seemed a lot more unnerved over those that resist regressive values.

To get some joy again, and belonging, he wrote in his show notes, he ventured into NY Citys outer boroughs, where in fact the style, the confidence, the nightlife and these younger generations evoked a familiar but new sense of unabashed authenticity that reignited exactly the same fire my mother gave me as a boy.

Just how did that result in his latest spring collection on his clean white runway?

In a fiery red mini dress. In a jet black bodysuit paired with a crinkle chiffon, hand-draped skirt. In a white corseted jumpsuit and a barely there mint blouse worn with a black leather lambskin mini skirt by Ella Emhoff, the stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris.

He called his misfits my families, my tribes, my friends whose rights tend to be rooked. As an innovative person, Gurung said, the pandemic has reaffirmed his have to tell stories instead of simply send clothes down a runway.

His story continued in a bright pink dress of hand-embroidered sequins and multicolored ostrich feathers, an acid wash denim corseted blazer and a fuchsia and black mesh goddess gown. There is a tulle gown in soft pink and black, and another in soft blue and black. There have been tap shorts and a one-shoulder blouse in lilac.

His sheer cobalt blue trousers worn having an equally sheer long-sleeve blouse in chartreuse that opened to reveal a black bralette moved with the model as so a lot of his liquid looks did. It had been most definitely another direction for Gurung.

Rather than just performing a regular show, I needed to create an event, he told the AP. Storytellers are healers.

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