The eerie, 45-second pause between the start of the music at Prabal Gurung's spring '14 presentation and the time the models made their grand entrance gave way for some thoughtful piano music (à la the last scene in The Truman Show
), immediately building anticipation and making viewers wiggle in their seats. And then it happened: A collective inhale resounded from the benches as a troop of brightly dressed models marched in between two scrims of plastic, veiling themselves in shine. They stood. They stared back at the crowd. The audience fidgeted even more.
It was a moment that gave the ladylike 1950s-inspired dresses a bit more rock 'n' roll flair, while simultaneously establishing Prabal's precision in his breathtaking spring '14 season. The nail-polish-colored suit sets hid intricate details in angular cuts and trims that the actual '50s only wish they knew. The models were also adorned with futuristic earpieces, throwback sunglasses, and punchy pastel lips as they turned the corner of the runway.
Some of our favorite looks were a clinical-looking back brace tucked under an evening gown, a printed plastic overcoat, a plastic skirt that bled from yellow to a clear print, and a fleet of dresses that made us want to wear spearmint green all season long. It was Miuccia Prada watching Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
on a trip to Venus where Prabal's women undoubtedly rule supreme.
Photographed by Nina Westervelt