Article excerpted from thefashionisto.com
Hedi who? There is a new menswear designer to watch. Bridging the worlds of fashion and art, Paris Fashion Week ended strong with the debut menswear collection from Gareth Pugh. Pugh combated the gloomy economic atmosphere with a unique medieval-inspired collection.
Anything but bleak, the collection shone with metallic tops, pants, and iridescent spiked embellishments. Creating his distinctive set of armor from luxury materials such as leather and fur, the silhouettes were experimental with sharp narrow shoulders, yet the tailoring remained top-notch. Slashed pants added a grunge element to the collection, while another highlight was a chainmail-like top, enhanced by an oversized cowl neck.
With this collection, Pugh excels in creating a collection that is inimitable, masculine, and raw, yet refined. Pugh’s venture into menswear ups the ante for his fellow designers.
He is the new man of the hour and the latest standard to compare collections. It appears that taking risks has paid off for the English designer. Not only is Pugh the definite star of an otherwise monotonous fashion season, but it is quite possible that his edgy fall collection will jump-start a reemergence of the metallic trend.