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At Prabal Gurung, Nomadic Hippies Inspire

Travel inspired Prabal Gurung‘s fall 2019 collection: a return to his roots in Singapore and Kathmandu, where he found himself visiting a location known to some as “Freak Street,” the birthplace of the hippie movement in Kathmandu. Searching for answers to questions like —what does it mean to be a citizen of the world and forge your own identity?— Gurung had to find himself in the place where he started it all.

Inspired by the ‘70s vibes of the hippie journey, Gurung’s models became nomads traveling through countries in Asia and America—all with a sumptuous wardrobe to match. A quilted highlighter pink coat opened the show, teamed with a pink and yellow cashmere turtleneck and black trousers. Model Taylor Hill walked in a cropped version of the aforementioned jacket cut in a brilliant teal and yellow. Gurung is not afraid of bold and unexpected color combinations, in fact it’s where he shines.

The black and white portion of the show stayed interesting thanks to sari-like draping techniques of cocktail dresses and mixed materials and patterns, like wool and velvet or lace and plaid, but things really took off in the evening looks portion of the show.

Gurung provided his celeb front row (which included actresses Bella Thorne and Lana Candor, activist Tarana Burke, and political staffer Huma Abedin) a wide spectrum of looks: from a cropped yellow asymmetrical cocktail dress to a vneck gown with a metallic garden motif printed on. In the end, the show was a bit of a whirlwind, as travel can so often be, but it was well worth the ride.

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