NEW YORK - Two of New York's hottest Asian-born designers, Thakoon Panichgul and Prabal Gurung, lit up the runway on day four of Fashion Week, unveiling sexy and sensuous fall/winter 2015 collections.
The jet-set, models and fashion editors braved one of the coldest days of the year, picking their way through ice and huddling in fur coats in minus 9 deg C weather outside.
The Singapore-born, Nepal-raised and New York-trained Gurung is marking the sixth anniversary of his eponymous label, which has dressed the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama and Britain's Duchess of Cambridge.
He won rave reviews for his latest collection, which mixed sensuous negligee-style cocktail dresses with the comfort of sportswear, creating a sexy yet relaxed silhouette.
Always inspired by the mountains, this time he turned to America's Adirondack Mountains for his muse, as well as sourcing hand-knit Nepalese cashmere and snow leopard- printed calf hair.
Barely there dresses were paired with beautifully tailored, fox and astrakan embossed velveteen coats and luxurious fur-trimmed hoods.
Skirts were slashed on one thigh, up both thighs or to the side, mirroring deep V-necks at the throat. Chunky knitwear and high collars were some of the few nods to winter temperatures.
"The inspiration was this idea of ease and sensuality and comfort, and the sensuality and glamour that comes with it," Gurung said backstage.
"I just wanted to do this beautiful luxurious sportswear that... spoke about the woman, spoke about the girl. And that's my vocabulary. What I wanted to do was bring the glamour of the evening wear to the sportswear, and the ease and comfort of the sportswear to the evening."
The outfits were matched by delicate stilettos made from snake, suede, lizard and leather, in Gurung's second footwear collection.
"I wanted to do something that has really something elegant, chic and feminine but that had a little bit of bite, I always say that," he said of the shoes.