Miranda Priestly played by Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada,” a film inspired by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, once sarcastically quipped, ‘Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.’
Prabal Gurung seems to have turned that notion on its head with, well, a groundbreaking display of floral extravagance in his Spring/Summer 2020 collection shown in New York. A parade of summery white looks opened the show. Adorned with a bouquet at the hip and ostrich feather plumage imagined as a crown of purity, these looks were calm compared with what was to come. We then saw what Prabal had most in mind for the collection: a bouquet full of floral prints and patterns, monochromatic looks that felt as if you pulled a stem from the bouquet, and new ways to cinch the wardrobe for spring.
One of our favorite looks was a men’s silhouette with a floral sheer shirt, floral cummerbund, and a pant cuff that extended polietly over the shoe. We also enjoyed seeing the beautiful ombre-dyed sweaters and dresses which bordered on psychedelic reference. It could have been the allergies but our head was certainly spinning after this dazzling collection.
At the finale, the opening look walked with a satchel in a nod to beauty pageantry that read, ‘Who Gets To Be American.’While this publication certainly does not have the answer to that question, we can say the many aspects of diverse casting in this show illustrate Prabal not only as a leader for changing the image of the catwalk but also as an example to his peers in the global fashion community.
Explore the full runway show below. Images courtesy of Prabal Gurung