Gareth Pugh is one of fashion’s greatest minds, but one has to wonder who exactly the people are that buy his clothes. While they’re impeccably crafted, undeniably original, and enthrallingly cerebral, they’re anything but wearable in any sort of traditional sense. Slowly but surely, however, the designer seems to be infusing his runway shows with more wearable looks. This season may have been the designer’s most successful collection to date.
While staying true to his unparalleled aesthetic that puts originality and fashion-as-art first, Pugh’s collection showed off the designer’s awe-inspiring ability to work with leather in ways that are not only gorgeous to look at, but which many women will be dying to wear.
His looks were structured, powerful, and at times even fluid, with careful pleating and undulating shapes that were particularly gorgeous in the collars of his outerwear. Yes, there may have been touches of Rick Owens in the collection with the polished, slightly goth leather looks – but the overall point of view was pure Pugh.
It’s refreshing to see that Pugh can go slightly more commercial, but still maintain his theatrics. It just goes to show that he is reaching new levels as a designer. There’s no look I’m dying to see more on the red carpet than the gorgeous long-sleeved black dress with the pleated deep-V popping detail on the chest.
Zoe Saldana in particular, I think, would be able to pull off the look fabulously.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.