By and  on June 1, 2010

Prabal Gurung, one of Michelle Obama’s fashion go-to guys — the First Lady wore his dresses to the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner as well as an official visit to the Smithsonian — may be best known for ultrarefined eveningwear, but in the past year, he’s headed into the sportswear arena. He explored edgier terrain for fall 2010 (inspired by Hell’s Angels). But he has no plans to abandon his posh, tony design roots. “I live downtown. My friends dress in jeans and T-shirts,” says Gurung, who’s launching an educational foundation in Nepal, where he was raised, this year. “As a designer, it’s more of a challenge to look uptown and imagine this chic, polished world — with a bit of cool.”


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