Prabal Gurung Spring Summer 2017 collection boasted of wearability with a soft color palette and feminine silhouette. But was it progressive?
The pieces included multi-slit skirts, long-sleeved tops, sweaters with asymmetric hems, off-shoulder dresses, crop-pants, slip dresses and gowns. The color palette was made of a lot of white – cloud grey, Persian blue, black, gold and a pastel thrown in here or there.
The collection added a lot of floaty elements to make the silhouettes appear more dynamic – multiple slits, feathery fringes, skirt flares, asymmetric hems and bell sleeves.
Although stylish, other than the color palette, the collection didn’t progress much further from last year’s Spring RTW collection. Plunging V-necks, high slits and long sweaters reminded me of the previous collection. Reminiscence isn’t always a bad thing – afterall, a designer tends to, and has to, have signature elements. But if some really bold and conspicuous styles are added to those signature elements, the progression would become pronounced and unreserved. Even so, owing to the practicality of the looks, there’s no doubt we’ll want to wear them. Or maybe, the audacity of the recent RTW collections by other designers like Moschino or Versace makes us find wearable designs like these too straightforward, or “tame”!