He Knows What Women Want ... Prabal Gurung SS2012

It is not hard to see why Prabal Gurung is such a big hit among discerning fashionistas worldwide.  

If you have seen What Women Want — a Hollywood flick starring Mel Gibson as an alpha male who got electrocuted and somehow attained the power to listen to women’s thoughts and desires — you can see that Prabal seems to possess the same power as Gibson’s character. What’s more, thanks to the ‘power’, he could easily translate the thoughts into a series of magnificent clothing collections that got women drool and swoon in an instant. 

At his spring/summer 2012 collection showcase in New York, like a true magician of style, he kept the audiences enthralled with his rich and graphic ready-to-wear collection. Elevating ‘seduction’ and ‘sensuality’ to higher and newer level, the ingenious Singapore-born, New York-based Nepalese fashion designer liberally explores and experiments with feminine shapes and technical approach.

Translucent chiffon-lined angular cutouts are omnipresent on both sides of the torso, shoulders and thighs, giving extra exposure to the svelte and seductive areas of a woman’s body. At the same time, Prabal’s ‘excess’ cutting out approach on the shapes enables women to show more of their prized curves whilst refining the current contemporary silhouettes.

Furthermore, a touch of fetishism also appears on one of the pieces — a rope harness attached to a wide leather belt and worn over a cutout printed dress with long chiffon-lined sleeves and thigh length skirt, extended with translucent and floor-sweeping floral appliquéd chiffon extension. The harness, designed by accessories designer Zana Bayne, is one of many other accessories that she designed for Prabal’s spring/summer 2012 collection. 

Besides working with major colour blocks of white, black and purple, the cutting-edge graphic prints that liberally doused on most of the pieces totally lend an exciting lease of life into the collection.

The prints ranged from swirled lines that akin to the clouds in traditional Chinese paintings (perhaps inspired from the murals of Tibetan temples) with nuances of teal and purple to the abstract Jackson Pollock-esque paint drips in black and purple against white milieu that disperse on a bias-cut hemmed scarf dress. 

If you are a big fan of detailing, be mesmerised by the Oscar red carpet-worthy fully appliquéd cocktail dress with printed skirt, belted waist and tulle under layering. Another paparazzi-attention-catching evening piece, which is a long-sleeved dress drenched in shiny purple paillettes, is also set to take you off your feet and excellent for classy soirees.

Prabal Gurung’s spring/summer 2011 collection will be available at selected fashion retailers in the US and around the world, as well as Net-a-Porter.com next year.

*Photos by Style.com    

Prabal Gurung – Designer Club: 285, Tunhwa South Road, Taipei Taiwan; Harvey Nichols at The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Hong Kong; 10 Corso Como: 79 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul, South Korea; Al Othman: Maryam Complex, Salem Al- Mubarak Street, Salmiya, Kuwait; Symphony: Ground Floor, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, Dubai UAE; Dover Street Market: 17-18, Dover Street, London W1S 4LT.


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