Prabal Gurung Launches First Men’s Collection With Inspiration From Nepal
Plenty of strong messages of inclusivity were promoted a Gurung’s spring collection, and the biggest one wasn’t even about the launch of his menswear line!
Models from over 35 different countries walked Gurung’s 61 striking colored pieces down the runway. This designer’s version of inclusivity involved representation, which is why he chose models from Denmark, China, Korea, Peru, Australia, Brazil, and Martinique to represent his athletic collection. Before the show, he stated that this show was all about how he “sees no borders”. He revealed inspiration from the southern foothills of his home country of Nepal, and worked themes beautifully into your every day American sportswear and business casual looks.
A little more about the models, he invited all three Hadid siblings to display his oversized windbreakers and feather details, including Anwar for the men’s line. Among other big names walking down the runway were Grace Elizabeth, Winnie Harlow and Joan Smalls.
There was a plenty going on throughout the presentation, Gurung’s featured men’s and women’s collections, Atelier Gurung (couture pieces), and even his brand Tasaki Jewels on the runway, mixing a variety of textures and sporty wear.
Check out the five most prevalent looks that spoke to me in this collection.
Colors were all over the place in this collection, the most notable being the carefully picked tones of the windbreakers. Between the oversized neon fit on Bella Hadid (that showed off her amazing abs)
Nothing too stiff or serious about this first menswear collection. From a suit and shorts to swim trunks, you can tell that Gurung wanted to ease into these waters with easygoing loungewear to draw in this new audience.
This time around, the brand says there is no excuse for corporate casual to be boring. Gurung ties in themes from his own home country of Nepal into everyday wear, like in this vibrantly colored fitted blazer.
Rana Tharu Bears and Tassels
The coolest part of the collection riddled with diverse models and pieces was his specific inspiration from indigenous communities in Nepal. In his show notes, he stated that he was intrigued with the Ranu Tharu group (a subset of the Thanu tribe), and he included their striking colors and designs throughout the collection, like embroidery and carefully handcrafted details, or in this look with beads and tassels.
Feathers are becoming more and more of a good idea this spring. I loved this pretty blue top and bottom set paired with bright yellow feathered heels for that extra something something.