Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Gareth Pugh Fall/Winter 2011
Staging his showing in the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Pugh presented Stars Wars-style designs, razor-sharp in black leather, bisected with golden zips, and worn with fearsome wedge-sole boots.
Sculpted, leather "frock-coats", with skin-tight trousers, suggested the cyber-age. Striped leather ponchos, cloaks in chiffon and the extreme-palazzo trousers, as wide as a house, worn by both the male and female models offered a softer silhouette and suggested Pugh's usual gothic sensibilities.
"Articulated" leather body-con dresses, engineered in remarkable set-square patterns, defined the silhouette.
Brilliant blue crepe and gleaming gold metallic sequins, embroidered in a tile pattern, provided a colour burst to offset all the blackness. As much as I did like the collection however, and while his use of colour was certainly shocking (not to mention how beautiful all the gold work was) Gareth Pugh, in all honesty, could have come up with a better, more wearable collection; yes, I have that much faith in him. Still, for what it was, it was just fine enough.