We are aware of having gone on a lot about Gareth Pugh's SS09 collection (complete with its 'high fashion air conditioners'), but that's because it's amazing and we love it: the almost Op art effects with the black and white, the historical elements (armour, ruffs) turned into futuristic emblems, the incredible 'three dimensional' construction, the powerful monochrome statement... all done with a real underlying elegance. Pugh also has a very good grip on it all, unlike some designers who let their creativity take over so much that, as odd as it sounds, it can sometimes be detrimental to overall effect of a collection.
What's more, this time round what you can buy in the shops bears a greater resemblance to the runway collection than with some previous Pugh collections. The black-white, light-dark contrast is such a simple idea, yet it produces unusually striking pieces...
Available from Colette:
Available from Luisa via Roma:
We really love the shoes, which are - as much as we try to avoid the f-word these days - totally fierce, with their blade wedge, and futuristic styling quite unlike any other shoe we've seen:
€770 at Colette - a price that is not wholly unreasonable, certainly compared to other 'It' shoes, considering how iconic they are.
Judging by how the amount of pieces Luisa via Roma have in stock has substantially shrunk recently, it seems that despite the recession there is (thankfully) still a market for exciting, young, conceptual designers' work (in spite of their hefty price tags), as also evidenced by Christopher Kane's sell-out pieces this season.