Beekeepers and butchers may have been big on the runways of Number (N)ine and Alexander McQueen, but at Gareth Pugh’s Fall 09 presentation yesterday, his urban warrior aesthetic was significantly less functional and far more flashy. The latter’s collection presentation was highly anticipated, as it marked Brit wunderkind Pugh’s debut designing menswear. The show was chock-full of black and gray, fashioned in the form of loose-fitting chainmail-like tops, patchwork, quilted trenches atop matching trousers, and a fair bit of porcupine-esque fabric used for shirts and pants.
Though relatively slim in terms of silhouette, the clothes have a larger-than-life presence (think Robin Hood meets The Matrix). According to WWD, though the collection was “less avant-garde than his women’s collections, Pugh’s cyborg-Goth vision for men doesn’t look too far-fetched at all — for nightclubbing and editorial pages.” That is, for the few that can afford it. No wonder rumor has it Dior might be tapping the 27-year-old designer to consult for Dior Homme.