With models in billowy chiffon skirts and waffle-knit sweaters walking slowly amid oversize gold medallions in an otherwise pitch-black room, the start of the Prabal Gurung fashion show had a placid, Zen-like feeling. The fall 2014 collection was meant to be a salute to the designer's homeland of Nepal, with saffron-colored monk's robes reimagined as intricately draped dresses among cocoon coats, cashmere turtlenecks, tulle-draped blouses and crystal-beaded evening gowns.
But that peaceful atmosphere was quickly shattered when a cheeky man wearing a gold crown, dark trench coat, red socks and not much else — only an animal-print thong — scampered around a stone-faced model who didn't break her stride.
This piece of performance art made the Gurung show memorable. But the designer's fall 2014 collection can stand on its own, with the exquisite draping, rich colors and a mixture of fabrics that usually aren't combined, like wool tailored jackets with satin sashes, chiffon skirts with flowing satin tails, and slacks of flannel combined with sable.
Shades of bordeaux, crimson and cantaloupe stood out, particularly in the evening looks, where beaded halters adorned with Swarovski crystals sparkled. With the Oscars less than a month away and Gurung an up-and-coming Hollywood favorite (he dressed Sandra Bullock and Zoe Saldana at last month's Golden Globes), no doubt stylists in the audience were eyeing such looks as red carpet potential.
As for the streaker, the New York Times reported he has quite a history. Vitalii Sediuk disrupted the Grammy Awards last year just as Adele was about to collect an award and grabbed Bradley Cooper in a “crotch embrace” on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last month. He reportedly got into the Gurung show on a Ukrainian press pass.
The show's organizers said that no charges would be filed.