I was right to predict cut-away shoulders and sheer for the Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2016 show, which started out with a choral performance from the Dalai Lama and his buddies: if you’ve never heard the Dalai Lama speak, I assure you he’s got a sense of humor, and the joke was in that monotone hum of a chant which seemed to be coming from only one member… I’m calling bullshit on the guy who claimed to be moved to tears.
We saw dresses and gowns with trains in orange, white, black and white, black and metallic silver, a brown cream and white beaded shift dress, yellow and cream. The choreography and production was way off in the beginning. There were many strapless, spaghetti strap, halter, and off-the-shoulder looks. There were abstract and paint-stroke prints, bunt-orange or golden-rod lamé, sheer peasant tops with double banded athletic inspired details on the sleeves, pencil skirts, long-sleeved form-fitting midi dresses, short sleeved silk taffeta dresses with the aforementioned brush stroke print, deep plunging V-necks, and asymmetry. I loved the inversion of the orange and golden-rod stripe print on the off-the-shoulder dress. The cut-away-shoulder knit sweater was bold. I loved the sheer silk chiffon dresses with bishop sleeves, but the bow-necklines made them look overworked. While the prints and appliqués were beautiful, I hated the black and white and orange and white looks that showed back-to-back, as they looked bulky and boxy.