I would’ve never imagined in all my life that I would be given the chance to attend a Prabal Gurung or Oscar de la Renta runway show, so when we received the invite, it was only natural for me to flip out. Although, due to a last minute change in schedule, Oscar de la Renta announced that he would not be able to make a personal appearance at his fashion show, we still throughly enjoyed the experience, and even managed to squeeze in a selfie or two with Prabal!

PRABAL GURUNG

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Prabal’s show was an interesting one, since this designer is well known for his spectacular red carpet creations. The collection consisted mostly of high collars with the models’ necks wrapped tightly in scarves, and despite the use of fur and knit, gave a contemporary sporty vibe. Oversized waffle knits dominated his choice of textiles during the show, but was worn with light, drapey chiffon skirts that cut up high on the thigh and tiny bells that hung loosely around the models ankles. [Note: A resurgence in anklets for Fall?]

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This collection was born after Prabal returned from a trip back to his home in Nepal, which started off a chain of thought about the kingdom of Mustang, a place in the Himalayas located between the designer’s home country and Tibet that was off-limits to outsiders until 1991 (described to be “one of the last remaining Shangri-las”) and was inspired by photographs of the villagers dressed in red in the region.

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The designer used drapery as the subject of his collection, which hung layered over each other, and went well with his interesting choice of fabrics – knits, tweed, printed cotton and even some embellished organza. The show ended with three beautiful, high neck evening gowns and we couldn’t help but think that though this designer’s collection revolved mainly around reds, there was something tranquil about it all.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

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Oscar de la Renta’s showcase was a little overwhelming, not for any other reason than the fact that he threw in pieces from both his Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 collections into one show. Held together by floral embellishments, bright colours and prints, the collection was a spectacular array of luxurious frocks, lace skirts and pretty floral knits that slowly ascended into glorious gowns of golds, neons and intricate floral lace work.

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There was something for everyone – bright contrasts to mellowed down monochromes – but all brought together by a business in the designer’s choice of motifs, prints, textures and fabrics. Models sashayed down the runway in gowns that dripped gold from head to toe, which slowly escalated into pastel neons with large taffeta skirts, before softening into beautiful floral full skirts with fitted bodices.

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The show ended on a high note, with the designer bringing out two children that acted as flower girls, followed by a beautiful finale wedding dress that had the entire room on the edge of their seats. I swear a good number of girls would’ve given up limbs to be married off in that dress. I know I definitely would’ve.

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Image credit: Photos courtesy of AFF