Our Reaction to Prabal Gurung Calling For More Inclusivity in Fashion: Hell F*cking Yes
There are brands you love simply because of the person leading it, and Prabal Gurung is one of those brands. The designer is known for championing diversity in the fashion industry, joining the likes of Christian Siriano, and Prabal doesn't just talk the talk. He takes action. Prabal has created collections for Lane Bryant, where he specifically tapped curvy models like Ashley Graham to front the campaign, and has launched his own organisation to empower young children, especially girls. Prabal has plenty on his plate, but doesn't seem to have a problem juggling it all.
I can attest to this. When I met up with Prabal in New York City, he was signing inspirational t-shirts in honour of Mastercard's #StartSomethingPriceless movement. Considering the work he's done in driving the conversation of feminism and inclusivity in fashion, it made sense he was yet again part of a larger event that brought people together for a cause.
In fact, the theme of standing up for what you believe in, whether it be the #MeToo movement, #TimesUp initiative, or even something on a smaller scale, drove our conversation to a soul-searching level. Yes, we talked about fashion — like what to expect from his show this season — but the focus was on how to change the world for the better. At the end of our 20-minute chat, I felt that if the fashion and media industry has someone like Prabal in it — a smart, compassionate activist — then we're in good hands.