Prabal Gurung devotees, your moment has arrived. The designer’s latest project, his first collection for the newly relaunched Japanese line ICB, is finally on shelves—but by the looks of things at the collection’s launch party in New York last night, they’re sure to be going fast.
“I’ve been dying, waiting,” Gurung told us. “Thinking, When is it going to arrive? Who’s going to buy it? I hope people like it and it’s received well! That’s the goal.”
The designer should already consider his goal met and then some: Style setters (and the event’s hosts) Hannah Bronfman, Elin Kling and Leandra Medine were all happily sporting the colorful collection, as were attendees like model Hanne Gaby Odiele and actress Taylor Schilling.
“Without fail, when I try on his clothes, that’s the moment when I don’t have to keep looking for a dress,” Shilling gushed of Gurung. “He’s really helped me have a lot of confidence doing something that I’ve only just learned to love, the red carpet stuff. And that’s the highest compliment I can give clothes, that when I wear them I feel more comfortable with myself.” That wasn’t all the praise the actress had for Gurung. “He’s beautiful, too!” she said. “I think this is going to be the beginning of a long and happy friendship.”
Though rainy weather outside kept the block party confined indoors at Barneys’ 18th Street CO-OP, it was still a great celebration of summer, complete with tacos, popsicles and a set by the buzzy (and aptly named) band Tanlines.
“There are a lot of similarities between my main line and ICB, but the biggest difference is in the attitude,” Gurung said. “It’s a little more relaxed here.”
Photos courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency.