NEW YORK -- With a lower-priced collection launching in
The look: Sexy warrior woman ready to take on the world like so many of Gurung's fans, First Lady
The inspiration: I'm glad I asked, because Gurung had made quite a thoughtful study of the current state of affairs for women around the globe, drawing inspiration from several sources, including a Time magazine article about the best invention of 2012: body armor specially designed with a woman's body in mind. "You kind of take things like that for granted," he said backstage. He was also inspired by Ukrainian female vigilantes who defend against sex traffickers, and by the
The verdict: Strong, focused and confident. It was good to see Gurung take a rest from prints and bring things down to earth after a couple seasons of exploring more fantasy looks.