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Gareth Pugh Fall 2012 Runway Review

There will always be a theatrical, fashion-as-art element to Gareth Pugh’s collections, but a designer needs to make money to survive after all and it’s nice to see that Pugh is churning out increasingly wearable collections.

Still far from anything that could be called straightforward, this season included oversized sculpted collars on monochrome dresses, fitted bodice leather and fur pieces with protruding waists, streamlined capes, a slew of dramatically geometric tops, and a number of stunning fringe pieces (notably a long-sleeved black leather dress with a fitted bodice and a sculpted waist). Needless to say, each and every piece in the darkly hued collection played beautifully with volume and proportion and while not all struck as wearable, it’s easy to imagine that a customer who shops the likes of Alexander McQueen and Pugh’s former boss Rick Owens would find high appeal in much of the collection.