Forty-Five! That was the approximate tardiness of Prabal Gurung‘s runway show at the Gehry-designed IAC building. The Observer, having misread our schedule, arrived on time (that’s a first). We even had a few moments to kiss-kiss Mary Alice Stephenson and compliment her Naeem Khan. Who to blame? Surely not front-of-house PR behemoth KCD, they have their shit together more than a Swiss bank. Zoe Saldana, colorfully festooned in a phenomenal liquid Prabal paint suit took her seat relatively on time. Lily Rabe sat quietly en attente. Buyers are never late. Cross off Anna Wintour, style.com’s Nicole Phelps, and Paper‘s Kim Hastrieter… hell they’ve never been late! Best-dressed contender, Kate Lanphear of ELLE magazine arrived with time to glare vacantly at her smart phone.
We couldn’t tell why Michelle Harper was just shy of tears. The passing of H.R.H. Whitney Houston occurred after this fashion frenzy… perhaps she was suffering from a panic attack or mal au ventre in row one? Frankly not our business.
In the meantime, we decided to get social. Seated betwixt team WWD, we gave it a go gingerly… The Observer had the good fortunate to sit behind the poised Executive Editor, Bridget Foley. “Will you be going to Milan and Paris for the shows?” she sang. Mais oui! Paris! We chirped. KCD founder and gentlemen, Ed Filipowski whisked over and assured the WWDs that the show would start soon! Sincere apologies. Foley’s response was so graceful many churlish divas should have taken note.
Thankfully, he need not apologize, because the clothes made up for all the delay.
Patent leather and black black fur by day; add white tulle and gold embellishments for night. Signature Gurung color schemes and patterns, reminiscent of an iridescent oil spill, were wondrous. Brocade, techno fabrics, appliqué, volants: all there! Look number 28– a hand-embroidered, black tulle gown with with Fabergé cutwork on Joan Smalls drew gasps. If it’s edge, yet feminine elegance that starlets and statuesque first ladies want… look no further!
The clock had barely struck 1pm and our Burberry-clad feet hurt like hell! By the grace of God VPL was just across the way. Whew!
Later, the chaos and disarray at Dream Hotel‘s Electric Room (ROOM! Try complex) for Mr. Gurung’s after party was indescribable. Praise Syndicate‘s Anuschka Senge, who ushered The Observer past the riff-raff at the door. Inside, we spotted Candice Swanepoel and Rose McGowan, whilst slurping up delicious Belevdere cocktails and dancing to DJ Mia Moretti‘s fab beats.