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Prabal Gurung Fall Ready-To-Wear 2022

Photographs Courtesy of Vogue

Gracefully strutting down the runway, the models of Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2022 Ready-To-Wear collection showcased the transition of vivid colors between midnight black, teal, purple, fuchsia, red, tan, and green. These colors are representative of the optimism and love Gurung expresses towards all his supporters—from the women of Nepal to corners all over the world. Throughout many of the looks, Gurung incorporates features of Nepal ranging from the national flower (rhododendrons) to choli designs.

Flipping through old photo albums of his grandmother, Gurung got the inspiration to replicate midriff-baring choli designs through cutout details in Looks 2, 19, 26, 32, 34, and 36. Transforming the black power suit look, Gurung inserts midriff cutouts into Look 2, highlighting linear and geometric adaptations. While Looks 19 and 26 both showcase the side midriff cutout above the flowing maxi dress, Gurung applies a floral design to 19 while keeping it more simple for 26. Finally, Looks 32, 34, and 36 all utilize the same crisscross midriff cutout but includes varying materials where 32 is constructed from tan tweed while 34 and 36 share the sequined look.

Photographs Courtesy of Vogue

Meanwhile, the symbolic rhododendrons are featured in Looks 5, 7, 17, 18, 27, and 31. Surrounded by cobalt blue petals and moss green leaves, bright emerald and turquoise rhododendrons are showcased upon the navy blue dresses in Looks 5 and 7; comparatively, the same design is applied to Looks 17 and 18 with a different color palette of ruby red, fuchsia, and violet. Beyond utilizing rhododendrons in the patterns of the looks, Gurung also applies embroidery of these national flowers in Looks 27 and 31. While Look 27 consists only of ruby red, the embroidery of the rhododendrons elevate the piece through the glistening threads and pop of texture. Layered against the sand colored coat of Look 31, Gurung applies embroidered butterscotch toned rhododendrons along with olive green leaves. Moreover, many of these embroidered coats and jackets by Gurung are sustainable as they were made with up-cycled wool and will be produced in limited-numbered runs. Paying tribute to his homeland, supporters, and environment, Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2022 Ready-To-Wear Collection embodies little pieces of all of these elements, whether it’s the incorporation of choli designs and rhododendrons with modern-day crop top inspirations or the use of upcycled wool for his environmentally conscious pieces.

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