Prabal Gurung offers femininity with a bite for Fall 2017

What does it mean to be feminine? To designer Prabal Gurung, it means whatever the hell women want it to mean.

His latest collection was a powerhouse: a combination of the gritty and the glittering, utilitarian and oversized, lacy and delicate. It was created for the women who inspire him, and it had a lot to say.

He opened the show with none other than Bella Hadid wearing an oversized wool hooded coat, walking to a powerful music mashup that returned to Aretha Franklin's "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" periodically throughout. After seeing the final three looks -- hand-embroidered crystal gowns worn by Blanca Padilla, Josephine Skriver and Joan Smalls, the runway went dark and the music silent.

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

(Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)

Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

(Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)

Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

(Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)

Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Designer Prabal Gurung thanks the crowd following his show.

Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2017

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Rather than show his collection again for the final walk, Gurung set the tune to "Imagine," by John Lennon, and gave each model a t-shirt of her choice to make a statement on the runway. Bella, first in line, wore "The future is female." Others wore things like "I am an immigrant," "Love is love," and "Now more than ever."

Needless to say, Prabal got political, and if you were wondering before, fashion has no plans to be silent in times of unrest.

"This is my love letter to you," Prabal said in his letter to the audience, "our woman, who inspires us to present our unabashed and unapologetic definition of femininity with a bite."

Click through above to see the collection in full -- and a few of the finale shirts, too!

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