Prabal Gurung Spring 2023 Fashion Show Review

Prabal Gurung Spring 2023 Fashion Show Review

Who does fashion better? The creators or the street?

By Constance CR White

Several designers have expressed their optimism and desire to experience joyful moments. But Prabal Gurung is upset. It’s uplifting to have clothes that are meant to stir up pleasure and engender a feeling of happiness. On the other hand, it is refreshing to recognize where this desire for joy comes from.

It is the upheaval and sadness that so many of us have experienced more intensely in recent years. Gurung used his anger and anger to invigorate his creativity.

Rave visits and the current repressive legal and social climate of exclusionary laws and attitudes fueled the spring of 2023.

Prabal Gurung, the activist designer, is sad and mad about things

Gurung has become one of the important groups of designers defined by their activism. Among the most influential are Gurung, Kerby Jean-Rodriguez of Pyer Moss and Gabriela Hearst. Through their work, they protest and address social issues and agitate for change.

“We have to be alert and vigilant,” Gurung said backstage ahead of her presentation as a model posed and prepared for the show in a voluminous, resplendent raspberry floor-length dress.

“I see how people. I see my people scrutinized, watched but I never see,” he said.

A fashion show is a way to see them, a platform from which to speak and pay attention to the overlooked or abused.

The black latex gloves and tights looked like a nod to the club scene and transgressive behavior. He merged the accepted with the bangs. Corsetry was used liberally – dresses, bra tops, jackets were all treated. He showed off plenty of legs giving the cropped treatment a different twist with a huge flower affixed, and the shorts paired with dramatic draped blouses with elongated ribbons that fluttered as the models walked.

Lace was just one of the ways in which Gurung introduced transparency.

He made his statements in hot pink, white and black as well as a handful of rich and memorable prints.

His visits to the outer boroughs of New York left an impression on Gurung. He considered the people he saw as muses for clothing and casting. He used a mix of professionals with real people he found in clubs, on Instagram (now a popular casting tool among designers) and word of mouth from friends. It wasn’t just a matter of looks. “I found their stories so fascinating,” he said. And he found the styles, just as much. “If you really want to see fashion, you get out of Manhattan,” Gurung said.

Gurung devoted most of a page of broadcast notes to his militant message. Part addressed to:
“Those who are demonized because they are not understood in the genders, colors, places and values ​​that others know: on this track, know that we are no longer looking at you – we are seeing you.”