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AP — With flower crowns and beauty pageant sashes, Prabal Gurung asked a fundamental question of the day: Who gets to be an American?

Adorning his runway with hanging bouquets mixed with flags from around the world, the designer celebrated diversity in size and ethnicity, using plus-size models and those of all colours.

Models wore his crowns of flowers and also carried bunches in baskets and bouquets, as if the blooms were “welcoming different kinds of people in this world, in this country”. He put roses of purple, red and yellow on everything from sashes and his statement gowns to men’s trousers and shirts. There was an optimistic shine to many of his looks. Others were adorned with loose feathers.

Gurung mixed his celebratory roses with tie-die prints. One men’s look in denim included open red lace at the shoulders and black cowboy boots. Another pair of cowboy boots came in red, worn with jeans and a sleeveless white cotton T-shirt.

It wasn’t all about the flowers. One sleeveless dress with a high side slit was a sparkling patchwork of green, purple, pink and yellow squares and triangles.