Throwback Thursday: Prabal Gurung

This year, I’ve introduced two new categories to ChiCityFashion (What Why Where and Chi City’s Most Stylish) and because we’re well more than half way through 2013, I thought another new topic was in order. Nothing feels better than reminiscing and feeling a bit nostalgic, right? I’ll leave it to Buzzfeed to give me lists of things I miss about the 90s so I’m going to do something a little different. Today will be my first installment of a new feature — Throwback Thursday (not to be confused with #tbt on Instagram). I’m going to start with past collections from designers and who knows what will stem from that. And because I thought my first TBT would be way too predictable if I chose Proenza, today is all about Prabal Gurung.

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Dolce & Gabbana: A Tribute

When you’ve just been found guilty of a tax-evasion lawsuit that started in 2010, you deserve a little break right? Well, maybe not normal people but this is Dolce & Gabbana’s Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana we’re talking about here. The boys that made bustiers and leopard happen. Sometimes simultaneously!

And because they’re going away for one year and eight months (and not to rehab or on vacation), I thought a little tribute to some of their recent and most memorable collections was in order.

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Bibhu Mohapatra SS13: Inspired By The Luna Moth

The Spring 2013 collection acknowledges the prophetic symbolism of the luna moth to celebrate the evolution and transformation of an ever-intiuitive Bibhu woman.

This is what Bibhu Mohapatra described as his inspiration for Spring ’13, included on the handouts at the show Wednesday morning. The first thing I did when I got home…Google luna moth.

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Althea Harper Spring 2012

One of my favorite Project Runway contestants to date, Althea Harper showed her Spring 2012 collection this year at fashion week. She decided to do a show this year, as opposed to a presentation like I attended last September.

Althea designs clothing that’s fun to wear but never too over-the-top. She showed a lot of black and white looks along with some grey body-con pieces, and a really beautiful print seen in various garments throughout the collection. This season, Althea had some great separates (including her amazing blazers…which I’m happy to say I own one from last year) that are very easy to incorporate into your wardrobe, along with various types of dresses from fitted cocktail to long flowy maxis. My favorite is the black sheer finale dress…stunning dressed up or down.

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What I’m Coveting For Spring 2011

The Spring ’11 collections were some of the best Spring collections I’ve seen in a while. The designers really embraced color now more than ever and no one appreciates color more than I do. I just can’t help but smile when I see a collection full of fun colors! With that said, there have been SO many items for Spring that I have been obsessing over. I have already picked up some of my favorites including the Proenza Shoulder rope bracelet, the green PS11, Missoni sunhat and the Prada Baroque sunglasses to name a few…but with any fashion obsessed girl, there’s always room for more!

Here are my current Spring obsessions (that I have yet to obtain)…

Proenza Schouler Perforated lizard-effect leather pumps: I’m obviously starting off with a Proenza piece. Although I’m in love with the entire Spring ’11 collection, there’s something about these shoes I’m just drawn to. I don’t normally like a pointed toe but I love how it’s perforated and the way the neutral colors are mixed is unique yet practical.

Missoni Crochet-Knit cross-back top: Choosing one piece from the Missoni Spring collection is just as difficult as the Proenza collection. The colors from Missoni Spring ’11 are brilliant, especially in this top. Combining blues, purples and greens are my favorite colors to wear so I’m immediately drawn to this. I’ve really been into high waisted pants and shorts lately so this cropped top would work perfectly into my wardrobe.

Miu Miu Appliqued metallic leather clutch: There’s something about the “starbursts” seen throughout the Miu Miu Spring ’11 collection that just intrigues me. It’s an unexpected burst of fun to add to your wardrobe. Although I loved it combined with neon yellow in the dresses and tops, I would get so much use out of this clutch!

 Lanvin Swarovski-pin embellished straw hat: Although I love my Missoni hat, it is a little…out there. As far as an everyday sunhat, I love this one by Lanvin. It’s super floppy and the Swarovski pin is totally random…which is always a good thing in my book.

Stella McCartney Citrus-print silk-satin dress: I am really feeling the fruit this season. It’s so ridiculous that I just can’t get enough of it. The silhouette of this dress is so easy to wear and the print is PERFECT for Spring/Summer. This dress makes me smile :)

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What items are you coveting for Spring? Let me know in the comments section below!