Monday, September 29, 2008
GARETH PUGH S/S 09' - FABULOUS!!!!!
One of our favorite Englishmen, Gareth Pugh showed his collection this season for the first time in PARIS! The London based designer has some of the most avant-garde pieces London has ever seen, so quite naturally the opportunity to show in Paris was inevitable.
Some of you may not be familiar with Pugh, his line is not as popular in the United States as it should be. Pugh won the 2008 ANDAM award; which gave him a 150,000 Euro package which enabled him to develop his label and show in Paris. The Central Saint Martin's graduate has shown on-schedule at London Fashion Week five times. Gareth was named Designer of the Year 2007 at the Elle Style awards and was featured in the acclaimed exhibition Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Moving on to the show. BEYOND AMAZING! The first thing you will notice is that each look was black and white. If you look closer, you will realize that each look, from the shoes to the hose to the clothes, was white in front and black in back. Pugh said he had the idea of focusing on emerging from darkness. FABULOUS! right? He played romance against aggressive futurism with exaggerated ruffles which were masterfully tailored into collars, vests and skirts on the first looks; sculpted dresses and suits peaked at the shoulders and ridged up and down the thighs, some done in plastic coated EEL, that with the slicked hair, made for a wet look, think "Lady of the Lake". Pugh is a true showman and I am so proud that he got to experience the dream of showing your collection in Paris