How Gigi and Bella Hadid Helped Prabal Gurung Send a Feminist Message for His Fall 2018 Show

In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements on Hollywood’s red carpets — and the somber black (and sometimes white) dress codes that have accompanied them — Prabal Gurung is suggesting color, and plenty of it. The designer showed a rainbow of rich hues at his fall ’18 runway show Sunday night at New York Fashion Week, most of which came in pink and red tones inspired by the matriarchal Mosuo tribe of China and the Gulabi Gang of India, which both wear pink.

prabal gurung fall 2018 A sequin gown and red bow-accented shoes from Prabal Gurung.

There were plenty of red carpet-worthy gowns in the collection, including a deep purple and magenta sequined dress and a rich red velvet strapless gown that Bella Hadid wore to close the show (her sister, Gigi, opened on the runway in a fuchsia skirt, white fur-trimmed top and a massive knit shawl wrapped around her, sari-style, paired with shearling stacked-heel pumps).

Bella Hadid Prabal Gurung Fall 2018 Bella Hadid closing Prabal Gurung’s fall ’18 show in a strapless velvet gown.

The sisters closed the show with the rest of the models behind them, all holding white flowers in their hands (a gesture that started a few weeks ago with white roses at the Grammy Awards).

Prabal Gurung fall 2018 Gigi Hadid opening the Prabal Gurung fall ’18 show.

The Hadids may have been the buzz of the show (along with a star-studded front row that included Cardi B and her fiancé, Migos’ Offset, plus Huma Abedin, Laverne Cox, Whoopi Goldberg, Olivia Palermo, Rachel Zoe and Tarana Burke, founder of the Time’s Up initiative), but the footwear was equally deserving of applause:  There were plenty of architectural heels with round and rectangular shapes, which doubled as sturdy stacked heels and were paired with leather ankle boots or pumps with lace-up accents. The effect was both feminine and powerful.

Prabal Gurung Fall 2018 A red leather pump with an architectural stacked heel from Prabal Gurung’s fall ’18 collection

There were also lower-heeled stacked pumps outfitted with oversized bows and two-tone ankle boots. A few of the styles incorporated fuzzy shearling uppers and ankle accents. With their sturdy, sensible heels and meaningful hues of pink and red, the shoes were just as much part of Gurung’s feminist message.

Prabal Gurung Fall 2018 A pink leather low stacked heel with a red bow accent from Prabal Gurung’s fall ’18 collection.

Click through for a closer look at all the shoes from Prabal Gurung’s fall ’18 show at New York Fashion Week.