Prabal Gurung Bridal Spring 2022

By Maria Ward

When Prabal Gurung unveiled his inaugural bridal collection, the show notes came under the guise of a love letter that opened with a line from a Maya Angelou poem: “In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.” Gurung explained he was inspired by the all-consuming nature of love, which knows no limits.

This meant brides will be given full rein of the designer’s ready-to-wear and red-carpet oeuvre, with the option to have a look reimagined in white (and other delightful color options). Better still, it includes all of the gowns from the 2021 Met Gala, as seen on Claire Danes, Gemma Chan, Venus Williams, and Leslie Grace.

If that wasn’t enough to entice customers (and it was), Gurung infused the collection with signature silhouettes that made him a fashion fan favorite. Alongside classic Prabal-isms, like exposed corsets with peek-a-boo buttons, were looks that bucked tradition while leaning into versatility. A sexy-sharp suit with a satin lapel and bellbottoms. A stretch crepe column with detachable puff sleeves. And a tiered ball gown with a voluminous skirt that, once removed, transformed into a mini dress fit or dancing.

Also of note was the decidedly minimalist thread that was woven throughout the collection. By largely eschewing intricate embellishments and other froufrou in favor of clean, modern lines, Gurung promises to be an instant hit among the most discerning brides come Spring 2022 . . . and beyond.