Prabal Gurung is All About a Classic Red Lip

Prabal Gurung is lounging in a corner booth at The Top of The Standard, flanked by a small table where his brand new collection for MAC sits, open and ready to be played with. It is now T-3 days til we can all officially get the red lips that have been a source of inspiration to Gurung since he was a little boy admiring his mother in his native Nepal. It’s known that Gurung is an ardent admirer of the red lip. This is confirmed, beyond doubt, when I ask Gurung about the ultimate must-have from the collection. Before the question is fully asked, Gurung remarks “the red lip,” with absolute certainty.

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As someone who can barely leave the house with a red lip intact, I wondered why Gurung was so taken with the classic hue.

“There’s such a strong statement–the confidence–that comes with the red lip–it is, when it’s done right, it’s the most fascinating, sensual alluring thing I have ever seen,” he says, with no hesitation. As for what makes his take on his favorite color lippy special, he notes its “texture and tonality.”

Of course, for his first foray in to makeup, the packaging speaks as loudly as the product.

“If you look at the packaging, there’s substance, weight, quality to it–we spent almost two years developing it,” Gurung says. “I wanted it to be something that had merit on it’s own–without the product, and with it. The clothes that I make, I’d like to believe that the product I make, for ready-to-wear has a merit on it’s own, and with the woman who it wearing it.” Gurung is a believer in fashion as an enhancer. He defines beauty as a “celebration of one’s self,” and “Not just the beauty that is obvious to the world, but also the substantive qualities that make a difference to other people’s lives as well.”

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For the days when our outside isn’t feeling quite as lovely as our inside, we’ll take Gurung’s word for it and try a sensual and confident red lip.

Prabal Gurung Does Makeup with MAC (!)

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Prabal Gurung will be the next designer to team up with MAC for a cosmetics collaboration, but the goods won’t come at the usual MAC prices. Gurung told WWD: “I design [apparel] at a luxury price point, and I wanted to make sure that the product that I came out with — particularly as this is my first foray into beauty — was in sync with my brand.” So though $70 bronzer and $40 eyeshadow may be a splurge, Gurung made sure each piece feels like a luxury item all on its own.

The packaging is couture-esque on its own per Gurung’s wishes. “When a woman takes it out of her purse, it becomes a topic of conversation,” he said of his intention for the glamorous packaging. With Daisy Buchanan-worthy gilded packaging, these’ll definitely be items worthy of an Ooh! Where did you get that?

Gurung’s makeup range will adorn the faces of his models at his upcoming September 6th runway show, and the rest of us can get our hands on the range at MAC stores across North America on November 26. Have you started your holiday wish list yet?


Who’s In At Oscar? Not Galliano.

This is what happens to prodigal designers who out-price themselves. After failed negotiations (Oscar wouldn’t front the money John Galliano wanted) Oscar de la Renta is reportedly looking for a new creative director, one who will work with Oscar for now, then take over when the 81-year old retires.

Galliano didn’t make the cut, but names like Prabal Gurung and Olivier Theyskens (the designer who currently oversees Theory) have been thrown into the hat. Jason Wu’s name was on the list too, until he accepted a gig with Hugo Boss last year.

Prabal’s red carpet style is a great fit for Oscar… and Olivier’s been at Nina Ricci  — beautiful dresses are what both designers do.

Good luck to both.

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Patterns, Pictureplane for Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2012

Thanks to Prabal Gurung’s debut pre-fall presentation, we finally understand the meaning of "pre-fall." The ambiguous fashion season has always been a little unfocused, featuring commerical looks that were too light for fall and too dark for spring. This must be why Gurung decided to take matters into his own hands by providing pre-fall with an official identity—and a music video.

The main takeaway from Gurung’s pre-fall interpretation is that patterns are of the essence, but the seasonal spin is that the color palette should be warm and not too punchy. The designer combined spring’s signature patterns with fall’s earth tones to create a memorable kaleidoscope print for dresses and separates that we can’t wait to see on the likes of Chloë Sevigny, Carey Mulligan and maybe even Gurung’s newest fan, Rooney Mara. The range also features dark panel dresses and solid eveningwear if The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star wants to stay true to her character’s moody minimalist vibe.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Gurung collection without a music-happy promo video, so peep the designer’s 46-second film that features the catchy tune "Body Mod" by Pictureplane here, and get your hands on the collection before anyone else, courtesy of Moda Operandi, here

Prabal Gurung Continues to Makes Magic on the Red Carpet

Of all the designers that breakout star Jennifer Lawrence could have selected to wear for the LA premiere of the highly-anticipated film The Hunger Games last night, she chose Prabal Gurung. The stunning gold lame gown from the designer’s FW12 collection has already received a resounding thumbs up from the fashion world, similar to the instant hit of his eye-catching SS12 design worn by Rooney Mara at the NY premiere of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Now that he’s knocked it out of the park for two of the world’s most talked-about cinematic It-girls, it’s clear that Gurung has the magic touch. And given that The Hunger Games is poised to reach success of Twilight proportions, we’re certain that this isn’t the last red carpet that Lawrence sees. We hope that she goes Gurung again and again.

FashionFeed: Mila Kunis for Dior, Coco Rocha for Twitter

● Joining the ranks of fellow actresses Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, and Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis has been named the new face of Christian Dior. [Fashionologie]

● 23-year-old model Coco Rocha says that she has "extended her career" by actively engaging with her fans on Twitter and other social media platforms. [Telegraph]

● According to Barneys creative ambassador and Gay Men Don’t Get Fat author, Simon Doonan says that "sushi may well be the gayest food on Earth" because of it’s dainty presentation and portion control.  [Styleite]

● Prabal Gurung’s first line of T-shirts will set you back $200 to $300 a pop. [The Cut]

● First Proenza Schouler and now Jil Sander. Natasha Poly’s sweeping up those spring 2012 ad campaigns quite nicely. [Style]

● Despite continuous controversy, American Apparel’s sales raised 15% in December due to a partnership with Groupon, but the lifestyle brand is still around $161.6 in debt, which is nothing to shake. [Grazia]

Behold a Fashion Blogger’s Prabal Gurung Inspired Nails

More than a year after we highlighted the curious nair art craze, the trend shows no signs of slowing down, much to the dismay of beauty minimalists. But whether you’re into the look or not, you have to admit that people get pretty clever with their nail game, inspired by everything from holidays, to fruit, to even iconic street artists. Now, one fashion insider has kicked the creativity up a notch by donning nails that match one of her favorite designer’s recent collections.

By way of Highsnobette, we discovered that fashion blogger Elizabeth Monson used this look from Prabal Gurung’s resort 2012 range as her nail art muse–and the results are crazy-good. After perusing past posts on her site, it looks like this isn’t the only runway replication that she’s successfully attempted, so we’ll definitely be tuning in to her inspirational blog on the regular. 

FashionFeed: Sofia Coppola for Marni x H&M, Stacey Keibler for NYFW

● Peep the Sofia Coppola-directed Marni for H&M video, starring British actress Imogen Poots. [Telegraph]

● Another perk of dating George Clooney? Sitting front row at fashion week, which is apparently what Stacey Keibler is going to do—and she’s getting paid for it. [The Cut]

● Designer Prabal Gurung’s latest inspiration comes in the form of a feathered headdress from Moulin Rouge that he scored 11 years ago. [NYT]

● Designers predict what actress Rooney Mara will be wearing to the Superbowl. [Grazia]

● Tavi Gevinson strikes again: The tween blogger has been tapped to perform a cover of Neil Young’s "Heart of Gold" at the Standard Hotel during NYFW on February 12. [Styleite]

● Someone made a spoof video about abortions, inspired by Diesel’s controversial "Live Stupid" campaign. [Hint]


Standout Show: Prabal Gurung

At Prabal Gurung’s spring 2014 show, models were precious dolls in a collection, untouched and pristine. But there was also a hint of Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, as echoed by hair stylist Paul Hanlon who explained that the hair was meant to look as though covered in formaldehyde – not quite hair anymore. The models were, after all, encased in a clear vitrine for display, the looks outliving the normally short-lived jaunt down the catwalk. Unlike Hirst’s shark, and in compliance with our disbelief, this collection was very much alive.

Their display was fortunate for show-goers, who had ample time to soak in the details of the collection. The presentation gave the feeling that these looks were freed for a rare outing before ushering themselves back in the box for preservation. Hand-embroidered rosettes made of Swarovski crystal, plastic flowers, painted black brush strokes and even coral all lived together on one black and white silk duchesse dress, while details of stacked sequins, ostrich feathers, rose-shaped paillettes, and ruffles decorated others.

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In artificial candy pastels and brights, the clothing combined 1950s cuts and shapes with modern, technical materials and methods. Catherine McNeil and Karlie Kloss stood out especially, in a corseted (exposed) electric blue satin off-the-shoulder dress and a mint satin bomber coupled with a matching pencil skirt trimmed in PVC, respectively. Tonal embroidery displayed a rose on Karlie’s number, articulating the beautiful, thorny flower that helped to inspire the collection.


Unnaturally fluorescent-bright, chalky lips accentuated the preserved, doll-like nature of the models; these lips were not made for talking, drinking, or eating, and the clothes themselves may be too fussy to live in, though the collection was and will be very much appreciated on display.