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Prabal Gurung's Fall/Winter Collection 2011 was another applaudable show. It is believed that the people from the fashion world expected him to showcase another series of fitted gowns and dresses. But Prabal is not an obvious designer. Surely enough he surprised many by choosing to refer to Miss Havisham, Charles Dicken's protagonist in Great Expectations, as his muse for the collection. I think it is quite a challenge to take up as a designer to use a character out of a book as the main source of inspiration and sketch 40 designs based on that character.
The collection portrayed a sign of opulence with slight sheer Victorian collars and the virginal lace on a deconstructed white jacket and midi-skirts that kind of reminded me of old intricate railings; especially one that I saw in the movie Citizen Kane. But the collection was a bit more inclined towards a sultry Miss Havisham.
Ironically, there were, not one Miss Havisham but, two of them this year. Marchesa had the same inspiration for their Fall/Winter Collection 2011. Undoubtedly there must've been a bit of a controversy and a (healthy) competition beween the two, I think.
There's no ignoring that Mr Prabal is from Kathmandu, Nepal. I love the fact that he does not act like a stranger or a foreigner to this country. Well, he's earning good Karma and lots of love (not jealousy) from the indeginous people back home. Everybody adores him.