Prabal Gurung credits this season’s runway as his best model cast yet and backstage before the show, it was very clear to Modelinia as to why. The celebrated designer had countless top models preparing to walk down the Fall 2011 runway - from Karlie Kloss to Jourdan Dunn to Frida Gustavsson. Though tight in quarters, we chatted with Karlie, who’s in her eighth season of shows and just three months away from her high school graduation! (Serious congrats from us, girl) She flew into the backstage area with a flurry of kisses for her friends, and we couldn’t help but notice her bare legs in the 20 degree February temperatures.
“I was running out the door this morning,” she explained, “and I realized in the elevator that I didn’t have any tights so I ran back into my apartment and grabbed some and ran out the door. I knew I was going to get yelled at for running around with no pants on! My mom was up here and she just left yesterday. Joan [Smalls] was already yelling at me. I was walking down the street and everyone was like, ‘Where are your pants?’” Presumably the cold has little affect on Karlie now, considering her experiences posing in the blizzard for Vogue magazine. “I was thinking about that,” she smiled. “That was last year this time! In St Louis, it’s been pretty cold too so I’m pretty used to it.” Used to it as you may be, we still say, stay healthy!
With rainbow colored extensions thanks to magic from Didier Malige for Frédéric Fekkai, Prabal’s girls - Constance Jablonski, Mirte Maas, Ming Xi, Alana Zimmer, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Bruna Tenorio to name a few - strutted out following Karlie’s opening moment. With a mix of dueling inspirations in the form of John Singer Sargent’s “A Parisian Beggar Girl,” meets Miss Havisham, Prabal debuted his best model collection while his muses embodied their interpretation of his illumination. ~ Bianca Posterli