Prabal Gurung presented an exuberant, powerful, gorgeous collection Sunday night that was as much a celebration of feminism as it was a fashion show. Front row powerhouses included Sara Jessica Parker, Priyanka Chopra, Diane Kruger and whaaaat ... Huma Abedin, who has been very low profile since the election. But it made sense as the show unfolded.
Incensed and perhaps inspired by the current administration's dress code, "dress like a woman," Gurung presented a fashion love letter to women in his collection, the "unabashed and unapologetic definition of femininity with a bite," notes said.
Diversity was a theme whether it was the plus-sized models or racial makeup, or even the clothes which ran the gamut including utilitarian overcoats, oversized sweaters with dramatically detailed arms, neat tailored suits with silver 3-D appliqué and some of the most achingly glamorous evening gowns ever -- one, an abstract Bordeaux stunner with about 220,000 woven-in crystals. Furs were anything but staid -- florals, op-arty and brush stroked. And colors were jubilant including lemon, emerald, garnet and chartreuse tucked within a more neutral palette of stone, ivory, black and shots of silver.
Gurung underscored his love and respect for women during the finale, when, as "Imagine" played on the soundtrack, every single one of the 37 models walked the runway wearing a skirt and T-shirt printed with rallying cries such as, "love is the resistance," "stay woke," "I am an immigrant," and "we will not be silenced." And when it came time to take his bow, Gurung appeared in a shirt that read, "This is what a feminist looks like." The audience was on their feet. And some folks (ahem, self) got a little teary. (Anne Bratskeir) (Credit: Getty Images for NYFW / Neilson Barnard)