>> Imagine having Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer sit in on your first ever runway show; that's just what happened to Prabal Gurung yesterday in Bryant Park. Rachel Zoe, who helped the designer score his first major red carpet dressing moment by putting Demi Moore in one of his dresses, too, was there. As were Prabal's sister and brother-in-law, who flew in from his native Nepal for the occasion.
So could Gurung live up to all the hype that he's been garnering in the past year? His Fall 2010 collection, which was about "warp speed" and the fast-paced modern world (appropriate considering his rapid ascent), started off with a cashmere coat: white in the front, black in the back. The colorblocking effect ran its way through pants with flatteringly curved seams, across the bodice of a dress, and on to highlight the lining of a hooded jacket. Then it was on to dresses: Gurung's specialty. One black and white ruffle-fronted number with a revealing mesh back is sure to get play. Zoe Saldana was front row — perhaps scoping out options for the Oscars? If true, one thing will play in her favor: the collection photographs strikingly.