DRESSING THE PRESS: Designer Prabal Gurung got a big endorsement of his brand this week: Oprah Winfrey wears his red gown on one of four covers of the December issue of her magazine, where she posed with daytime talk show peer Ellen DeGeneres. Gurung has watched “The Oprah Winfrey Show” since he lived in India and credits the program with inspiring him to launch his line in New York last February. “When I got a call for this opportunity to dress her for the cover, it was a few weeks before my spring show [in September]. They asked, ‘Can you do this thing in between your shows?’” said Gurung. “And I said, ‘I’ll move heaven and earth to do this!’ It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.” When Winfrey revealed the cover featuring Gurung’s gown on Monday’s program, “I was dying. I was screaming; I was just so excited,” Gurung said. In between screams, the designer posted Facebook status updates. “Dreams do come true y’all. Thank you @Oprah,” read one.
— Stephanie D. Smith
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