Style Watch by Bethany
It’s hard to miss the buzz that is floating around the city. Driving through the streets of Kathmandu, the familiar billboards grab your full attention. TGIF Nepal Fashion Week ’11 is almost upon us. Can you feel it?
Nepal’s Fashion Week falls right into the middle of the schedule for all of the major international fashion weeks. We not only have our own fashion week to look forward to, but a whole month of fashion fun to follow religiously online. To prepare for the coming fashion week here in Nepal, take a look at some of the shows going on in other parts of the world.
As always, one of my favourite shows to watch is Prabal Gurung. It’s not just because he’s Nepali (though that is at least partially why I like writing about him in this column so much). It is because he’s extremely talented and shows what it means to be a great designer, regardless of nationality.
So what’ so great about Gurung’s latest collection?
Quite frankly, a lot of things. However, what stands out the most and is the first thing that jumps out when glancing at the collection is his choice of colour. I have never loved the colour purple more than I do at this very moment. Thanks to this collection, his shade of purple will be one of the top colours for Spring. He picked a direction and he went with it, full force; incorporating his vibrant purple along with green and black accents into masterful prints.
Which brings me to my next point— his prints. At first glance they seem like a high-energy version of a beautiful floral print that you would expect to find on a Spring dress. However, when you look closer, you see that there is more to the prints; they give way to a bit of darkness. The flowers are already beginning to look lifeless. I like the connection he makes here between beauty and death.
He continues his connection to the darker side with his selection of fabrics and silhouette styles. He uses leather, latex, and mesh fabrics as well as cut out and bondage inspired silhouettes to give an edgier look. This season, he is stepping out of his comfort zone. It just leaves more anticipation for his next collection!
Make sure to check in next week online and in The Himalayan Times for the coverage of TGIF Nepal Fashion Week ’11. Use your keen fashion eye and be the judge for who you think could be the next Prabal Gurung.
The excitement starts Wednesday, September 21!
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American fashion designer Bethany Meuleners debuted her collection at New York Fashion Week in February of 2010 and was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to come to Nepal and continue her fashion studies. Bethany will be writing this column exclusively for TGIF every Friday. So keep track of new trends in the world of fashion through her and give a complete makeover to your wardrobe