So with that out of the way, let’s get on with it. Gurung’s collection reflected more fully on his Nepalese heritage than he’s ever explored in the past. Each year the designer travels back home, but his most recent visit, he said, timed with the fifth anniversary of his label, had a greater impact. As such, he tacked his mood board with glorious portraits of ordinary citizens in extraordinary clothes, plus a few abstract paintings by artist Cecily Brown, who’s become a friend. Gurung brought all this to life in a cozy and colorful collection that celebrated both comfort and that dash of hot city girl. Big, chunky turtleneck sweaters and thick scarves were paired with chiffon microskirts that were not much more than a wide sash draped around the hips. All were worn with strappy, embellished heels that jangled when the models walked.
This idea of things wrapping around the body extended from a cut-out blazer through which a luxe scarf was threaded to sexy, shoulder-baring tops, one of which was embroidered so that it almost looked as if marigold necklaces had been wound around the model’s torso. One of the most delightful things to see were the cocktail dresses: They mixed the sense of exoticism Gurung was inspired by this season, particularly with his trademark notions of sport and a party-ready feathered skirt.
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