As he approaches five years in business, Prabal Gurung said he’s got his customer figured out. She wants “femininity with a bite” — a notion he’s carved out as his niche with modern evening attire, such as the rose-printed silk gowns and strapless silk dress with matching cape that he showed for pre-fall. While also addressing that part of his client’s life with feathered and embroidered shirts and cocktail dresses, Gurung used the season as an opportunity to develop her daytime wardrobe with tapered tuxedo pants in a variety of colors, crepe sheath dresses, a spiffy group of sporty striped intarsias and his first stab at denim — a polished, tailored version of blue jeans to fit Gurung’s definition of casual.

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