Rye Rye's 'New Thing' For Prabal Gurung

A still from the 'New Thing' promotional video.
Photo: Courtesy of Prabal Gurung

Resort Collections kind of get a bad rap. Sandwiched in the lazy summer (where our Euro compatriots straight up have WEEKS OFF), it's all stuff meant to come out in the winter, when we are having imaginary Caribbean vacations with well-oiled hunks of man. But the thing is, it can also be the time when a designer cuts loose a bit and ups the neon ante with some really poppy colors, and resort wear gets kind of exciting. And wunderkind Prabal Gurung is definitely a designer that's easy to get excited about; after successfully helming Bill Blass, he was the star of last season's New York Fashion Week with his sophisticated use of colors. So we love that the Nepalese designer handpicked M.I.A. protégé Rye Rye to be the face of his resort collection.

A still from the "New Thing" promotional video.
Photo: Courtesy of Prabal Gurung

For "New Thing", Rye Rye and a killer crew of backup dancers (all rocking the same bowl-cut as our girl) show off the collection, which includes '90s-inspired silk printed shirts à la Versace, sequined minidresses, and a healthy dose of large polka dots. The selection seems purposefully disjointed, like the only thing that holds it together are the bright, saccharine colors and insane prints. Rye Rye gets down in the collection like only a gal from Baltimore can, making this collab a truly kinetic lookbook—though we wish she would stop juking and let us look at the clothes.

A still from the "New Thing" promotional video.
Photo: Courtesy of Prabal Gurung