(Images via Vogue)
More designers, more statements of diversity. For the F/W 2017 season, designer Prabal Gurung used his stage during New York Fashion Week to express discontent at the political atmosphere in the county and, like Christian Siriano and Tome amongst others, cast ladies who would have likely received nothing but a series of reverberating slaps, had they even broached the possibility at the notion of gracing a high fashion catwalk.
So here we are, and once again, with some beautiful clothes to accompany our high-minded spirits of resistance against the machine. Texture was a big story for the day, with knits being rendered in complex, futuristic manners, while for flash we had silvery embroidery on dresses, and plenty of swingy, Western-y fringe helped keep that part of NYFW’s life alive, as well.
According to Vogue, “this felt of a piece with the template he established a year ago; the accent was on dresses fastened and unfastened with trails of silk buttons at the seams, with side dishes of chunky hand-knit sweaters and extravagant multicolored intarsia furs, and a smattering of sharp tailoring.” Fair enough, but to a certain extent, I’d also argue that people tend to find something they like and nestle in with it. And with the designer’s added vogue to the subject of inclusiveness, maybe we’re just seeing his revolutionary new world through a different type of lens.
(See the collection video here)