There were pretty dreses. Deceptively simple pieces like a violet-hued crepe halter dress with graphic tulle, but for his Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Prabal Gurung, took his feminine aesthestic in new directions that hinted at the power of fashion. Remarkably he did this while injecting his work with both sex appeal and classic shapes. In lesser hands, these leather bondage-meets-sexy-tulle-panel combinations would be a Frankenstein mess of femme fatale gone all wrong. But Gurung struck an ideal balance of the two as evident pieces such as his final frock, which would be an avant garde red carpet stunner. Here he bravely created the illusion of a row of flowers sprouting at the hem of his model's gown, and then topped it all with a leather corselet.
This progression has elevated his work into a new artistic stratosphere and after a weekend of endless mish-mashed flower prints at Lincoln Center, it was a relief to see a collection presented with a clear vision and singular vision.