Prabal Gurung Spring 2012 Review

prabal gurung review

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Prabal Gurung Spring 2012 runway

Show: Prabal Gurung

Theme: The fetishistic works of photographer Nobuyoshi Araki

Accessories: Strappy mesh heels by Prabal Gurung for Nicholas Kirkwood, sunglasses by Linda Farrow

Hair: Didier Malige for Frederic Fekkai

Makeup: Charlotte Tilbury for MAC

Overall Takeaway: Spring is here, and it's sexy as hell.

For his Spring 2012 collection, Prabal Gurung moved away from his romantic Miss Havisham inspirations of fall, and instead went for something a little, well, naughtier. His collection of dresses (with straps, cut-outs, and sheer panels) drew from the work of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki. You can see the bondage concept translate over in the crisscrossing belts, the cut-outs, the super-strappy shoes, and, in the final look,  a rope shoulder harness. Kinky!

But there was more to this show than a little boudoir fun. Gurung’s prints were absolutely breathtaking. The vivid hues were standouts. Bright violet ruled the runway—a royal color and a nice change to see it for spring instead of fall. The light turquoise was also a pleasant surprise.

Gurung didn’t overwhelm us with his color choice: White, black, and a beige look in particular peppered the collection. But when a sleeveless dress with a purple lamé top and a pleated purple and white skirt walked, we knew we were in for a treat. Spring usually doesn’t hold much promise; the clothes just have to be pretty. We tend to wait for fall to see what the designers can really do. But Gurung really gave us one hell of a show. Well done.