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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

AFF 2014 - Prabal Gurung FW14 Singapore Debut

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Fashion week here in Singapore was just over and out from all the shows which I've seen during the week, my favourite was still Prabal Gurung. Prabal was supposed to come to AFF last season, but due to some changes in schedule, he couldn't make it in the end, so his appearance this time was highly anticipated and lauded by the Singapore media as he was born in Singapore.

You know how people always want to claim the stars only after they shoot up in the sky, but I have been following his work rather closely since 2 years ago. That aside, his Fall Winter 14 collection was pure poetry and really resonated with me. The show opened with chunky cable knit sweater paired with a wispy chiffon skirt and mohair vest draped casually over the look - setting the tone for the subsequent looks to come. Heavy pashmina scarves and more knit sweaters were balanced off with light chiffon and satin skirts with sandals embellished with anklets with tiny bells handmade from Nepalese artisans.

The color palette progressed from grey to Mustang red, and from knits to draped blouses and deconstructed pantsuits, which drew inspiration from the villagers clad in soot red long robes in Nepal. I especially love the mix of fabrics and deconstruction for the last few looks, which featured cotton, satin blend and tweed, draped across the body effortlessly and with asymmetric high cuts that showed bits of skin as the models strutted down the runway. The show closed with two (out of the four) evening gowns from his FW14 - chiffon turtlenecks embroidered with Swarovski crystals and flowing chiffon with thigh high cuts. Set to the slow piano soundtrack, they ended off the last words of his poetic expression beautifully.

Really so beautiful I can cry.

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