East meets west as Prabal Gurung looks to India for a loose-fitting summer collection… And Kate Bosworth tweets her approval

East meets west as Prabal Gurung looks to India for a loose-fitting summer collection… And Kate Bosworth tweets her approval

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22:33 GMT, 8 September 2012

Spring/summer shows are usually about showing more skin, not less. But for Prabal Gurung, his 2013 collection revolved around introducing an eastern silhouette to western women – which means covering up a little bit more.

Inspired by Amish Kapoor, the Mumbai-born, London-based sculptor, Mr Gurung looked to India and their typical layering of tunics over pants, to produce a loose-fitting and 'freeing' collection – which Kate Bosworth clearly approved of.

As the actress tweeted a picture from the show with satisfaction, Mr Gurung explained to Elle magazine backstage: 'The idea of discovering
sensuality by skimming the body, not tightening the body, seems rather
new to me… the idea of giving freedom to women.'

Front row muses: Kate Bosworth (left) and Allison Williams from HBO's hit show Girls (right) were the Prabal girls, sitting front row wearing his designs proudly

Front row muses: Kate Bosworth (left) and Allison Williams from HBO's hit show Girls (right) were the Prabal girls, sitting front row wearing his designs proudly

Front row muses: Kate Bosworth (left) and Allison Williams from HBO's hit
show Girls (right) were the Prabal girls,
sitting front row wearing his designs proudly

Allison Williams from HBO's Girls joined Miss Bosworth as the two reigning Prabal girls, both sitting front
row wearing his designs proudly.

His loose, drop waists – rather than the typically nipped-in high waists that have been dominating the runway for several seasons – seemed to be a main focal point in the designer's quest to give American women more ease and comfort.

Pockets also featured tirelessly, the models' hands stuffed into their dresses, skirts and pants, a detail loved by busy women everywhere.

Loose and ladylike: Inspired by Amish Kapoor, a Mumbai-born, London-based sculptor, Prabal Gurung looked to India to produce loose and freeing, rather than constricting, clothing

Loose and ladylike: Inspired by Amish Kapoor, a Mumbai-born, London-based sculptor, Prabal Gurung looked to India to produce loose and freeing, rather than constricting, clothing

Loose and ladylike: Inspired by Amish Kapoor, a
Mumbai-born, London-based sculptor, Prabal Gurung looked to India to
produce loose and freeing, rather than constricting, clothing

Printed matter: Swirling feathers, as well as orchids and gathering clouds - to match the designer's bright bolts of a purplely colour he called 'storm', featured heavily throughout the collection

Printed matter: Swirling feathers, as well as orchids and gathering clouds - to match the designer's bright bolts of a purplely colour he called 'storm', featured heavily throughout the collection

Printed matter: Swirling
feathers, as well as orchids and gathering clouds – to match the
designer's bright bolts of a purplely colour he called 'storm', featured heavily throughout the collection

Subdued sensuality: Luxury remained with plenty of fancy jacquard pants, silks and flowing chiffon ruffles floating down the runway

Subdued sensuality: Luxury remained with plenty of fancy jacquard pants, silks and flowing chiffon ruffles floating down the runway

Subdued sensuality: Luxury remained with plenty of fancy jacquard pants, silks and flowing chiffon ruffles floating down the runway

Subdued sensuality: Luxury remained with plenty of fancy jacquard pants, silks and flowing chiffon ruffles floating down the runway

Luxury remained, however, with plenty of fancy jacquard pants, silks and flowing chiffon ruffles floating down the runway.

Meanwhile the smoke machine, dark
lighting, and the models' 'blood-stained' manicures lent a sinister edge
to an otherwise very girly collection.

The prints stuck to a
flight of fancy theme, featuring for the most part, a lot of swirling
feathers, as well as orchids and gathering clouds – to match the
designer's bright bolts of a purplely colour he called 'storm'.

Vermillion: Bright zaps of deep colour peppered the summer show

Vermillion: Bright zaps of deep colour peppered the summer show

Vermillion: Bright zaps of deep colour peppered the summer show

Loosely does it: Ruffles and loose silhouettes dominated the collection

Loosely does it: Ruffles and loose silhouettes dominated the collection

Loosely does it: Ruffles and loose silhouettes dominated the collection

Storm before the calm: A smoke machine, dark lighting, and the models' 'blood-stained' manicures lent a sinister edge to an otherwise very girly collection

Storm before the calm: A smoke machine, dark lighting, and the models' 'blood-stained' manicures lent a sinister edge to an otherwise very girly collection

Eric Wilson of the New York Times touched on Mr Gurungs prints, which he said, 'tend to defy description.'

'It could have been a flattened feather, or perhaps a miniature strip of rib bones, running up the front of a dress,' he mused.