The British designer Gareth Pugh has revealed that he doesn’t intend to return to showing his collections at London Fashion Week for the forseeable future, as he prefers the respect that he gets in Paris.
Gareth has been showing his collections at Paris Fashion Weeks since 2008 and has absolutely no intention to return to showing at the UK – well, we can’t say we blame his defection to one of the haute couture capitals of the world.
Gareth said his move to gay Paris: “London’s changed a lot since I moved to Paris – Giles, Burberry and Matthew Williamson have all started showing here again – but when I left, people weren’t taking me seriously. The last show I did in London featured lots of safety pins and one journalist made a comment ‘I feel sorry for the intern who had to put that together.’ I think Galliano did that in one of his shows, and no one in Paris would ever have made the same comment about his work.”
The designer continued: “The work that goes into these pieces is secondary, people shouldn’t be so raw about it. In Paris it’s like a badge of honour to put that sort of work into it, but no one talks about it – it would take out the magic. In Paris, you talk about the beauty of a look, not the hours that went into it – that’s not something to flaunt. It’s about something being an object of beauty.”
That’s totally fair enough and all that. But Gareth, if you ever get a pining feeling for LFW, just come back. We miss you!