Prabal Gurung has unveiled his debut menswear creations during his latest fashion show.
The Nepalese-American designer presented his spring/summer 2019 range as part of New York Fashion Week on Sunday night (09Sep18), with Tiffany Haddish, Kelly Rowland, Camila Mendes, Gemma Chan and Awkwafina among the celebrity guests sitting on the front row.
Regarding his first foray into menswear, Gurung explained that he was determined for the garments to be unisex and fit seamlessly within his existing line-up.
"I've always wanted a menswear collection to be a part of our world and our offerings," he posted on Instagram alongside a poem by writer Cleo Wade. "I constantly borrow clothes from our womenswear collections, and growing up I'd often experiment with mixing menswear and womenswear to tell the story that I felt visually represented who I was. Now more than ever, traditional genders, roles and identifiers are breaking down in our multifaceted world."
The first male model to walk the runway sported fluorescent yellow trousers and a red vest, while others donned pale pink suits over green vests, colour-blocked parkas, striped knitwear, long white sleeveless shirts and embroidered trousers.
On a whole, the "cross-cultural" collection was inspired by Gurung's recent travels through the indigenous villages of Nepal and urban streets of Tokyo, London, Mumbai, Paris, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi and New York.
Joan Smalls opened the show in a bright yellow knitted bodysuit matched with a sheer green chiffon skirt with red satin trim, Gigi Hadid wore a cropped white top with tiered skirt made of red, white and blue fabric, while Winnie Harlow rocked the runway in a bright pink ribbed bodysuit under a skirt with drawstring belt.
For many garments, Gurung juxtaposed sportswear fabrics such as nylon with more luxurious materials such as a heavily embellished sari-like material and Nepalese-style floral patterns and weaving.
The show concluded with a blue silk dress with peplum and strapless gown made from striped jewel-tone fabric and layers of fringing.
New York Fashion Week continues on Monday with shows from Carolina Herrera and Proenza Schouler.