Prabal Gurung is perhaps one of the most beloved of New York-based designers, and  expectations ran high at his show yesterday from otherwise cynical and "over it" editors. Fans seemed to know stakes were high as well, one Prabal-ite from the designer's native Nepal tweeting "know the prayers and good wishes of an entire nation are behind you" to the designer.

Expectations were high because, well, there was a lot to be expected from this young designer. Last season, Gurung, who had earlier been named a runner-up in the prestigious CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund, took a huge step forward showing the best collection of his career to date. This season the pressure was on to prove last season wasn't a fluke. The good news? Gurung delivered.

The clothes were sharp, expensive looking and chic. Models emerged clad head-to-toe in black, but slowly the looks transformed from into an almost Givenchy-esque moment with royal blues and golds to a parade of gorgeous, sparkly and feathered gowns. Gurung has become a red-carpet favorite for the likes of Demi Moore, Zoe Saldana and First Lady Michelle Obama. His ladies will have plenty to choose from with the collection, with a particular stunner being the sheer, black heavily beaded show-stopper worn by Joan Smalls. Gurung's legion of editor and stylist fans breathed a collective sigh of relief at a strong and beautiful showing.

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