Rumor Mill: Gareth Pugh to Thierry Mugler

Rumor has it British designer Gareth Pugh might be headed to Thierry Mugler. The brand, founded by its namesake back in 1975, has since come under the creative directorship of Paco Rabanne alumnae Rosemary Rodriguez. (Mugler has kept busy designing custom costumes for Beyonce’s tour as well as launching books and collaborating with Cirque du Soleil.) Pugh, having garnered loads of critical acclaim and frenzied fashion followers since his own brand’s launch in 2003, is apparently in talks with Mugler. Women’s Wear Daily reports, “according to sources, the Paris-based fashion and fragrance house has held talks with the London-based wunderkind, known for his out-of-this-world silhouettes and theatrical shows.”

It isn’t the first time that Pugh has been rumored to be in talks with a major fashion house. Following Alexander McQueen’s death, many outlets were speculating that Pugh could be poached as the icon’s successor. Before that, many had their money on Pugh taking the reigns at Dior Homme. Now, “it is understood Mugler is mulling a change in fashion direction and has approached several potential candidates,” WWD adds. (It’s about time as Womanity.com is definitely not cutting it.) In other Pugh news, the designer isn’t slowing down at all with his own label. In fact, in addition to adding makeup and footwear, he’ll soon open his debut boutique in none other than Hong Kong.

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