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Nepalese natural beauty - and a moment of nakedness - at Prabal Gurung

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To paraphrase the inscription (originally from Herodotus) on the front of NewYork City's main post office (now named after the late senator Daniel S. Moynihan, but formerly named for James Farley):

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these fashionistas from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

And so it was that the faithful braved the cold, the snow and either the MTA or futile attempts to get a cab from Lincoln Center, to see the golden guru Gurung.

And it was worth every salt stain on all of those designer boots.

Two rows of huge gold gongs, each practically vibrating in its own spotlight, filled the length of cavernous space, while the only five or six row audience ran along only one side. Having the models enter in dim light, on the far side of - and catching glimpses of them between - all of these gongs, only to emerge in bright, earn light in front of the attendees was a highly effective directorial touch. (It is called a runway "show", after all.)

A master of draping, Prabal used fantastically feminine fabrics like satin, chiffon, gabardine, crepe, wool and cashmere to cascade over each woman's form, like a rainfall of riches. Rich too, were the mouth watering, stunningly saturated hues like crimson, cantaloupe, midnight and hunter, which were sometimes glittering with the surprise of tulle embroidered with sequins, Swarovski crystals or ostrich.

His inspiration came from a "secluded kingdom" called (of all things) Mustang, that he discovered while hiking high in the Himalayas. “What I really loved about the whole place was the incredible colors and incredible way of dressing. It’s almost like sportswear, because they have to layer everything."

And the girls had the easy beauty of wild mustangs, aided by the almost invisible, kissed-by-mountain-air makeup from Diane Kendal for MAC, the Nepalese styled hair (center parted, with a slight bit of muss and loose bun or low ponytail) by Paul Hanlon for Chi, manicures in new colors like Himalaya (nude) and Rupee Red (burgundy) by Jin Soon for Sally Hansen, shoes by Casadei.for Prabal Gurung, music by Sébastian Perrin.

Even the streaker, (the "moment of nakedness") who was nabbed by the design team so swiftly, that only the photographers and those seated at the end of the runway, even saw him! How on earth he and his thong got there is a Fashion Week mystery. But, he proved to be no distraction whatsoever, as people were too enthralled by beauty Himalayan to notice him a-playin'.



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