Prabal Gurung Discovered
“When someone is that good, they don’t remain undiscovered for too long, ” was the general word being spread – expressed by Anne Slowey (Elle’s fashion news director) – at New York Fashion Week vis-à-vis Prabal Gurung’s debut collection. He may be a freshman, but that didn’t stop him making a statement at Chelsea’s Flag Art Foundation.
Gurung has always been interested in fashion, being teased as a high school kid for his “style acumen and stacks of sketchbooks.” He worked in Australia, London and then New York, landing a position as the design director of Bill Blass (a classic American fashion house), before starting out on his own amidst a backdrop of a frail global economy.
It seems what has made Gurung stand out most has been his uniqueness in the fashion world, according to Colleen Sherin (Saks Fifth Avenue’s senior fashion director), who commented, “he wasn’t a derivative of someone else. He certainly got our attention.”
Gurung’s Famed Clients
Of course it helped Mr. Gurung that Hollywood actress Demi Moore tweeted a photo of herself in one of his cocktail dresses, urging her Twitter followers to “look out for fashion’s rising star.” And the President’s wife herself wore a “stunning red ruched number to the White House Correspondent’s dinner last May, a hot pink sheath on ‘Oprah’ in January and most recently a one-shouldered yellow gown to last month’s Governor’s Dinner.”
So if you want to stay hot in New York’s fashion world today, you might want to get yourself clad in a number from Prabal Gurung, having been described by Sherin as being “the whole package…a talented designer and lovely personality, too.” The message thus seems clear: to dress for success, go Gurung.
The clock is ticking as the year 2010 winds down. Where do you plan to be on New Year’s Eve? Of course, for New Yorkers, watching the ball drop at the annual Times Square celebration is always an attractive option. But you can also ring in the New Year with some of the best concerts the city has to offer.
The Roots, playing their legendary mix of fun, jazz, rock, rap and soul, at the Brooklyn Bowl, beginning at 10 pm. Tickets are $85.
Guided by Voices, the beloved cult band, will be back at Irving Plaza at 8 pm; tickets cost $86.75
Patti Smith, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, will be singing in the intimate setting of the Bowery Ballroom.
Over 45.6 million tourists visited NYC last year, as they do nearly every year. These nearly-fifty-million people that arrive annually in the Big Apple range from the backpacking students looking for a cost-efficient youth hostel to high-end business people and luxury tourists seeking a place to stay that meets their need for pampering and amenities.
The Setai Fifth Avenue, which opened in Manhattan last month, is a fitting new member of the city’s family of luxury hotels. Located in Midtown Manhattan, at 400 Fifth Avenue, the Setai is conveniently situated just two blocks from the Empire State Building, three blocks from Bryant Park and the New York Public Library, and six blocks from the Broadway Theater District.
The hotel features a full-service Auriga spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center, the Ai Fiori Italian Mediterranean restaurant, 24-hour room service and the Bar on 5th. Each room provides a city view, an espresso maker, LCD TV, iPod doc, complimentary wireless Internet and designer bath amenities.
This new addition to the Manhattan luxury hotel scene can be viewed at the hotel’s website: