Normally, the Prabal Gurung post-show dinner is a relatively sedate affair. Celebratory, yes, but a wave of exhaustion met with alcohol smack dab in the middle of fashion week?
“Nevertheless, she persisted.”
No, the reference wasn’t to sleepy editors continuing the show merry-go-round. It was one of the statements emblazoned across the t-shirts that closed Gurung’s show earlier in the day, a reference to the outrageous silencing of Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor last week. Other tee’s said “The Future Is Female,” “We Will Not Be Silenced,” and “I Am an Immigrant.” The models walked out as an acoustic version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” played. Needless to say, it sparked a livelier-than-usual dinner conversation during the designer's fete at sushi hotspot Zuma.
“I cried,” said Transparent’s Emily Robinson, the personification of adorable. “I really did,” she squeaked.
“I wouldn’t doubt there was a tear or two. It was just such a powerful moment,” said Candace Huffine, still sporting her shock-orange cat eye from the runway. “It was truly poignant. I got chills walking down the runway.” It wasn’t lost on the plus-size model that Gurung was also making a statement in casting her and Marquita Pring. “I’m a curvy model, so to be on the runway walking for a designer of Prabal's ilk is a huge step forward in terms of appreciating each other’s differences and uniqueness,” she said. “It was an honor to represent women who are not always represented in this community. I love how Prabal sees women.”
The designer echoed the sentiment moments later as guests began to take their dinner seats. “Feminism and equality and inclusivity has always been part of my conversation,” he said. “I’ve always said I wanted to build a luxury brand with a soul and the soul is in the ability to see someone else. That’s it. I see women.”
Sashimi and maki was served family style, concluding with a boozy desert of Grey-Goose tinged espresso martinis, a welcome sight for the rheumy-eyed editors at the table desperately in need of a hop up. “These remind me of that famous Naomi Campbell quote,” one smiled between sips. “I need a drink that will wake me up and fuck me up.”