Gareth Pugh: FW2012
Gareth Pugh’s Avant-Guard Stylish tribe came with and incredible power-force of pure hardcore-edginess, ready to invade the world in the most sophisticated way possible. As the show opened with a fuzzy black fur coat and thigh high boots on a dark background with so many shades of black, the message was loud or clear: Post-Apocalyptic chicness... Or wasn’t it? With Gareth Pugh, you can never be sure, but one thing is certain, the moody feeling of the entire show was in this genius’ head.
The always revolutionary-jaw-dropper designer, gave us a fantastic collection full of beautiful and surprisingly wearable pieces, for Pugh’s standards this was an incredibly commercial collection. But off-course the fetishistic-drama was there with sharp-shouldered pieces, fur skirts, coats with chunky-fringes and leather-bodices-with-fur-skirt dresses. There was a lot of structured outerwear, with exaggerated high collar leather jackets, new of versions of pieces that we have seen before on his runways - they are probably some of his biggest hits -. And there even was a princess dress with fringes made of leather that felt like it was disintegrating, a falling apart dress... Pure magic.
At the end of the runway the models were walking on the runway full of ashes in the rain of black pieces of paper - or maybe ashes? -, like armored warriors, stylish evil queens and powerful dark-princess, that felt like a part of the most fantastic and twisted Tim Burton haunted version of a Disney’s Classic... Pervertedly delicious.