I’ve always got my eyes on TOMS. Of all the philanthropic companies that I love writing about, they are one of the most active, always building new collaborative relationships and collections to benefit those who need it most. This time, TOMS has joined forces with couture designer Prabal Gurung to benefit Nepal through the Shikshya Foundation Nepal. We all know about TOMS’ One for One campaign, where for every pair of shoes purchased, one is given to a child in need. This campaign takes things one major step further: rebuilding Nepal after that devastating earthquake. Prabal is from Nepal, bringing his unique designs to this collection of four women’s shoes. The Black Suede Contrast Women’s PG Nepal Boots look straight out of the country, and the beautiful black, white and red designs of the other three pieces are sure to please your style tastes as well. For every purchase, TOMS will donate $5 to the Shikshya Foundation Nepal, with a minimum contribution of $20,000USD.
Pre Fall 2015 Prabal Gurung at Moda Operandi
I don’t usually dabble with the high couture stuff…for one thing, I certainly am not as knowledgeable of it as I am with contemporary fashion and my main focus, denim, and for another I know it’s way out of reach for most of us. I probably won’t even think of attempting to cover Fashion Week anytime soon. However, I still do enjoy photos and videos from high end runway shows and collections due to the artistry of it all! I never understood how so many take it so literally, complaining about price or the idea of anyone walking down the street in any of the exaggerated pieces often seen in high fashion shows. But it’s art. And I admire it happily. It doesn’t have to be your style to appreciate the creativity put into it, right? Prabal Gurung is one of those brands that struck me awhile back due to their bright colors and bold, eye catching designs. Gurung is from Singapore but raised in Nepal, and moved to New York for studies at Parsons The New School for Design after beginning his design career in New Delhi. After that, he designed with Cynthia Rowley for two years, became design director at Bill Blass for five years, then started Prabal Gurung in February 2009. I remember seeing many blogs highlighting it as a promising up and coming brand to watch, and they are still going strong! Gurung went on to become a favorite for celebrities everywhere, including the First Lady and The Duchess of Cambridge, launched a Target collection, and won numerous awards and honors. Gurung will launch footwear next year, and is working with M.A.C. cosmetics this year! That was a fun little research project for me…
This pre-Fall 2015 trunk show at Moda Operandi is open until December 29th at 10am EST, and all styles are available for pre-order. Gurung describes this collection as “Something opulent with something stark.” As for the inspiration…”Korean artist Lee Ufan’s exhibition at Versalles–a striking juxtaposition of industrial elements against the palatial backdrop–inspires streamlined pieces in elaborate textures and graphic prints.”
Peruse/admire/shop/drool over the whole collection here before the trunk show ends December 29 at 10am EST.