September 26th, 2013
Gareth Pugh Spring 2014
Gareth Pugh‘s Spring show ended with the strains of Queen’s hit ‘I Want To Break Free’ blaring as models stomped their way through the Palais de Tokyo. The song was an upbeat break from the week’s techno soundtracks and a coy statement from a designer who has come to be known for a particular look. The Gareth name calls to mind layers of black and an army of neo-goths, but with his assured spring showing, Pugh challenged perceptions. Starting off with a mix of vivid jewel tones on Sasha Luss, Pugh set the stage for a collection that was equal parts ethereal and hardcore. A frothy marabou covered headdress (in pink no less) called to mind cotton candy and metallic textures echoed the season’s love affair with shine, but these softer details were tempered with severity that was impossible to resist.
Sharp lines and dramatic lengths dominated Pugh’s vision for the season, with floor length gowns and plastic corsetry front and center the concept of daytime casual was far from the designer’s mind. Instead, we were treated to a dose of haute elegance cribbed from sci-fi, spherical shoulders, shiny latex and a strong dose of futurism. The day may eventually come when Gareth is whisked off to Hollywood to conceive costumes for cinema, but until then he provides Paris’ first jolt of theatricality and fun.
Runway photos: Stephan Moskovic
Backstage photos: Daniella Rech
Text: Janelle Okwodu