Sonny Shoots: Prabal Gurung, Thakoon + More
New York Fashion Week is no match for the camera of Milk fav Sonny Vandevelde. The all-star photographer continued his week long trek through the throes of Fashion Week with three more stops, snapping some backstage pics at Prabal Gurung, Thakoon, and Victoria Beckham.
There are many ways to make a show really stand out during NYFW, but we feel confident in saying Prabal Gurung was the only show this season, or any season, to open with 30 Buddhist monks chanting on the runway. The elaborate and moving opening was in memoriam to all of the lives lost in Gurung’s homeland Nepal during the devastating earthquake that took place over the summer. Despite the somber meaning behind the season, the clothing was a celebration of life, evidenced by a color palette of bright saffron, peach and golden yellow that made the sparkle-tinged high-slit evening gowns and plunging fringe-laden tops pop even more than we thought possible.
Thakoon has established himself as the master of billowy, ethereal garments with homegrown Asian influence since his debut in 2004. Those elements were on full display with his SS16 collection, but what defined this year’s spread were the combination of relaxation wear—a mix of bathing chic and sleepytime apparel, the latter of which had an actual bathrobe. But it wasn’t all breeziness wear, as the collection also included pieces like sequin gowns and washed-out rompers. No matter the vibe, we were into it.
Victoria Beckham self-described her SS16 collection as one that was built around the theme ‘urban surf.’ While this was certainly evident in the prints of surfer-dude silhouettes emblazoned across wide pants and deep navy tops, the pieces that really had us gasp were the ones printed in Japanese-inspired, warm-colored brush strokes. Plaid was also in display, as were a series of crisp, felt tops. With so much variance in texture, the unifying factor came in the form of the thick heeled white platforms, bringing even more power to an already powerful collection.
To see more of Sonny’s backstage coverage from the shows click here, and check back for more as Fashion Week continues.