Prabal Gurung went from being a relative unknown (designing behind the scenes for others' companies) to a household name in just a few years. From young starlets like Jennifer Lawrence and Rooney Mara to Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, every "it" girl is wearing his designs - a testament to his skill and his vision. Rumor has it, even Anna Wintour was smiling by the end of his Fall 2013 show. The Nepal-born, NYC-based designer, who is quite often clad in a white tee and a varsity-style jacket, has firmly positioned himself as America's sweetheart. Here are his thoughts on starting his own company, seeing women in his designs, his favorite designer and more ...
On the first time he saw someone wearing Prabal Gurung: "You really never forget that. The first time I saw my look on a real person was in Paris, and I felt a little shock, a little thrill that went through my body. And that thrill never goes away; never. I think every time a woman wears one of my dresses, you know, in a matter of speaking, I'm having a little love affair with her!"
On the Prabal Gurung woman: "I feel like I’ve dressed every age group, every shape and size, every demographic but the one thing that remains consistent is you look at all of them and there is substance to them. They are not, how should I say, they’re just not famous for being famous."
On his favorite designer: “Marc Jacobs is my favorite designer. I just love how brave he is in the kilt and he looks great."
On dressing celebrities: "My goal is: I’m not trying to be snobby, but my clothes are not for everyone, not for every Hollywood celebrity. There is a designer for everyone, and a celebrity for every designer. I’m careful. The person who wears it should embody what this girl is all about. It’s not about age, it’s about an attitude."
On the Prabal Gurung woman: “I want women to look sensual without being vulgar. My collection is about well-made clothes; beautiful fabrics, lots of draping and tailoring, an old-school way of making clothes done in a modern way."
On starting his own brand after working for Bill Blass and Cynthia Rowley: "it’s something I’ve always dreamt about. I’m from Nepal, and when I came to New York to study fashion, a lot of people said to me, it’s a good hobby, but what are you going to do? In a Third World country, fashion is not a thing to do for a guy ... I loved running around to the factories and shops, and doing everything myself. It made me realize how much I still love doing this.”