Creative Artists Agency has signed New York designer Prabal Gurung for representation. Born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Gurung launched his women’s collection in February 2009, merging the glamour and handcraft of the East with the practicality of modern American sportswear. His designs have been worn by Oprah Winfrey, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and the Duchess of Cambridge. In 2010, he won the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award, and in 2011, he won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear. Gurung has been vocal in the conversation about fashion and feminism, diversity and inclusion, notably sending out a finale of feminist T-shirts at his Fall 2017 runway show held shortly after the first Women’s March (a portion of proceeds from the tees supported women’s charities), and hosting Gloria Steinem at his spring 2018 show (it was the author and feminist icon’s first), which featured a diverse cast of all-size models. In 2011, he established the Shikshya Foundation Nepal to provide education and opportunity to underprivileged children. Gurung collaborated with Target in 2013, with MAC Cosmetics in 2014, with Toms to support his foundation in 2016 and launched a capsule collection with plus-size retailer Lane Bryant in 2017. CAA has been on a roll
“I’m calling this collection ‘Suitcases of the World,’” Prabal Gurung said backstage Sunday night before his fall show. He should know — the Nepalese-American designer spent almost as much time on the road last year as he did at home in New York.
He was in Kathmandu, India, China and points beyond, and all that globetrotting inspired his latest vision of a glamorous nomad through an immigrant’s lens, because, as he said with characteristic political directness, “We are more alike than we are different.”
The effort resulted in a multi-culti collage of colors and styles, anchored in sporty standards like quilted duvet coats, bombers, safari jackets and cargo pants. Onto that he added hippie trail artisanal touches like tie-dye, hand-loomed Varanasi brocades and hand-painted Taj Mahal landscapes, as well as layering in the ladylike sophistication of Seventies-era Bill Blass, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Lacroix, fashion heroes that surely enthralled a dreamer growing up on the other side of the world.
Gurung is one of New York’s best colorists; case in point, a pink-and-red silk crepe blouse framed in cascading ruffles, tucked into turquoise high-waisted pleat-front trousers. The pattern play was great, too; this season’s version of his signature draped dress with buttoned waist
For Prabal Gurung fans, the company is offering a fashion week sweepstakes for free tickets to the fall fashion show on Feb. 10 at Spring Studios. The show takes place at 7 p.m.
Every Prabal Gurung purchase made online (prabalgurung.com) and in-store (367 Bleecker Street in New York) enters the customer to win two free tickets to the show.
It’s the first time Gurung has made this offer. The sweepstakes began Jan. 22 and continues through Feb. 5. The winner will be contacted on Feb. 6.
Born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Gurung graduated from Parsons The New School for Design. After beginning at Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass, Gurung launched his eponymous collection in February 2009 with a philosophy of encompassing modern luxury, style and glamour. His designs have been worn by Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge, among others.
Beginning tonight, Roosevelt Island will be aglow in support of March for Our Lives, the gun control marches set for around the world tomorrow, March 24. Prabal Gurung is partnering with Skylight Studios to create the light installation, which will be illuminated from 6 to 11 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings. The project, which is done with support from Rolling Stone magazine, features the work of light artist Bentley Meeker.
“I’ve always believed in using my platform to advocate against the injustices so many face in our modern society, and it is becoming painstakingly apparent how imminent the threat of gun violence is in America,” Gurung said. “Our lives are at risk; on average, 96 Americans are killed with guns each day, and the risk is even higher for women, minorities and children. Gun violence is a major threat in our country, but so is the prominence of ignorance and apathy. We cannot stay quiet or still. Now more than ever, it is time for us to work together to create change, to give students a path to design a more beautiful tomorrow.”
The installation, called “Freedom From Fear,” will take over Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park and will be visible from all five
REV YOUR ENGINES: Prabal Gurung has designed the new F1 Grid Girls uniforms for the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, that gets under way today.
The new uniform, which will be worn by Etihad Airways’ cabin crew during the three-day event, will also be seen on TV by hundreds of millions of motorsport fans worldwide.
“Etihad’s foray into fashion is truly an innovative break from tradition. Similarly, we wanted to challenge the conceived notion of how Grid Girls are typically dressed. Together, we are proud to create a jumpsuit with a strong shoulder and our signature architectural approach — something a bit unexpected, yet still feminine and empowering,” said Gurung, at a launch held at the Paddock Club at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
IMG model Chanel Iman unveiled the black jumpsuit through a video model diary and photo shoot, shot on location at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and in front of an Etihad Airways F1-branded Airbus A380.
IMG Model Chanel Iman models the new Grid Girl uniform at the F1 race track at Yas Marina Circuit in front of a Mercedes AMG GTS
Earlier this month, Gurung signed with WME/IMG for worldwide dual representation. IMG is
Title of Work, Dannijo, Rosetta Getty and Rachel Zoe are the next group of designers who have been chosen for the Retail Lab program from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Cadillac.
The class of 2018 will join Timo Weiland, Cushnie et Ochs, Public School, Tanya Taylor, Pamela Love and Prabal Gurung who each took over the ground floor rotating retail space at Cadillac House at 330 Hudson Street in TriBeCa this year.
Gurung is the final designer to open a store this year and it will remain in operation through the holiday season.
Gurung’s store offers the designer’s latest collection in addition to skin-care products created in partnership with Belif and hand-crafted artisanal products from his home in Nepal. Prominently featured in the store are his statement T-shirts and a range of exclusive sweatshirts from the fall collection that were created in response to the current political climate and to bring attention to women’s rights.
The store also offers pieces from his Stronger in Colour spring line and heart Ts that are exclusive to the Retail Lab and his own e-commerce site. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of those products, which are intended to raise awareness of racial and gender
Prabal Gurung overcame his admitted fear of public speaking last weekend to accept an award for career achievement from the Dallas chapter of Fashion Group International.
“When I was told about this award, I was really taken aback, grateful and also excited to come to Dallas,” Gurung told the “Night of Stars” gathering at Fashion Industry Gallery. “I was born in Nepal, grew up in Nepal, lived in India, lived in London and then I came to America. I traveled everywhere, but the kind of generosity and warmth you guys have shown me — I am really grateful and will never forget this, so thank you very much.”
Gurung noted that his designs are inspired by strong women, and the foundation he started to educate girls in Nepal is intended to help empower them.
“This award is an affirmation not only to me but to my team and everyone else back in Nepal that the path that I chose, the decision that I made to leave my family back in Nepal to come here and live the dream, was the right one,” he said.
The fund-raiser for FGI Dallas’ scholarship fund also honored Morgan Fairchild for lifetime achievement, NorthPark Center co-owner Nancy Nasher for career