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Prabal Gurung Takes A Poetic Trip Through Narnia

Prabal Gurung showed his Fall/Winter ’16 collection on Valentine’s Day, and he really embraced a romantic theme. The show leaned heavily on eveningwear; this woman is going out for V-Day, and she is going somewhere nice. Gurung said that he was inspired by the forest. Guipure lace evoked snowy tree branches, and a number of the furs seemed to harken to Narnia’s White Witch. We could just envision Tilda Swinton riding through a snowy forest, headed off to a date with the White Warlock/Witch/Genderless Wizard.

For this collection, the designer pared down some of his trademark embellishment, and we think it was a successful change. Our favorite looks were some of the most simple, such as evening dresses in deep reds and burgundys with deconstructed hems and shoulder cut outs. The furs were luxe and fluffy, but our favorite coat may have been a dusty rose evening jacket that could have been made either of sheared fur or velvet, depending on your angle. A feather motif ran throughout the show, with a print that harkened back to one of the designer’s inspirations, a Rousseau painting called “Woman Walking Through An Exotic Forest.”

Gurung also referenced the Lord Byron poem “She Walks in Beauty.” It opens with “She walks in beauty, like the night/Of cloudless climes and starry skies.” Gurung’s two showstopper evening gowns, rendered in black and white with sequins delicately sprinkled across their bodices, truly evoked the verse. It’s guaranteed that we’ll see them on another sort of star soon enough.

All photos shot exclusively for Milk by Sonny Vandevelde.

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