The rain plan for Prabal Gurung’s fully outdoor show at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park, located at the tip of Roosevelt Island? On with the show.
Clear umbrellas were handed out to guests upon arrival, and production staff wiped down the light rain falling onto benches where guests including Maddie Ziegler, Awkwafina and Lori Harvey waited for the runway to get started. Venus Williams, in a sequined look, took cover underneath the trees flanking the triangular green space, which was bisected by a shiny gold runway.
Guests continued to trickle in as the first model emerged. Padma Lakshmi was able to catch the finale looks and finale walk, as well as Gurung’s post-show run through the drizzle, which was recorded by a low-flying drone that followed closely behind him.
“I wear his clothes, I love his clothes,” said “And Just Like That” star Sarita Choudhury after the show as the designer held court at the base of the stairs leading up to the park. “It was so hectic today — I’m so impressed. To me, drama is amazing, so the fact it rained, there was traffic, it took two whole hours to get here: that’s fashion.”