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GARETH PUGH ARCHITECT AND GOTH KING

In 1, Fashion, Style on August 28, 2009 at 5:14 pm

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Gareth Pugh (Above)

Career

Pugh’s trademark inflated clothing.

At 14, Pugh began working as a costume designer for the English National Youth Theatre.[4] He started his fashion education at City of Sunderland College and finished his degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins in 2003 He interned with Rich Owens in Paris.[2] His final collection at St. Martins, which used balloons to accentuate models’ joints and limbs (a technique that would become one of his trademarks), attracted that attention of the senior fashion editor of Dazed & Confused magazine, who placed one of his designs on the magazine’s cover shortly thereafter.[3] Pugh was selected to participate in British reality show The Fashion House two months after his graduation,[3] which he would later call “horrible” and his “only other option [to being on] the dole.”[5] The rise of !WOWOW!, a feature in Dazed & Confused, and a debut show at London club Kashpoint’s Alternative Fashion Week brought Pugh to the attention of Fashion East “London’s breeding ground for cutting-edge new talent,” leading them to invite Pugh to participate in its Autumn 2005 group show.[6] Pugh had only four weeks, with no studio, no assistants, and little money, to create the collection.[3] His collection ended up a critical success and attracted significant attention to his designs.[5]

Pugh’s solo premiere was in London’s Fall 2006 fashion week; he has since showed his Spring 2007 and Autumn 2007 collections there.[7][4][8] Pugh’s shows have continued to draw critical praise. British Vogue, for instance, called his Spring 2007 collection “an incredible, unmissable show” and said that “his genius is undeniable.”[9] Anna Wintour is a notable supporter of Pugh’s designs.[3]

Kylie Minogue has used many of Pugh’s designs over the recent years, most famously in her Showgirl – The Greatest Hits Tour and Showgirl – The Homecoming Tour and Róisín Murphy recently appeared flamboyantly sporting one of Pugh’s distinctive outfits in the videoclip promoting her 2007 album Overpowered [1], and on the cover of her single Let Me Know. Minogue has been seen wearing the same dress in her 2008 video for her single In My Arms. International superstar Lady GaGa recently wore a jacket designed by Pugh at the Wango Tango concert 2009, while Rihanna and Beyonce have also been seen wearing his work in 2009.

Aesthetic

Style.com describes Pugh as the “latest addition to a long tradition of fashion-as-performance-art that stretches back through Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Vivienne Westwood to the eighties club culture of Leigh Bowery.”[7] (Pugh, however, dismisses frequent Bowery comparisons as “lazy journalism.”)[3] Klaus Nomi has also been suggested as an influence on Pugh.[10] Pugh’s collections are autobiographical rather than referential, and draw inspiration from Britain’s extreme club scene.[5][4] Pugh’s trademark is his experimentation with form and volume.[3][4] He often uses “nonsensically shaped, wearable sculptures” to “distort[] the human body almost beyond recognition.”[3][4] Elements in his designs include PVC inflated into voluminous coats, black and white patchwork squares, Perspex discs linked like chain mail, and shiny latex masks and leggings;[11] he has used materials including mink, parachute silk, foam footballs, afro-weave synthetic hair, and electrically charged plastic in his clothing.[3] Pugh describes his designs as being “about the struggle between lightness and darkness.”

Pugh’s Spring 2007 collection also featured somewhat more wearable clothing, like this dress.

Commercial potential

Though he is currently a darling of the fashion elite,[3][7] Pugh claimed in March 2007 that he had yet to sell a single dress and that he struggled to make ends meet.[3][12] (Until his Spring 2007 collection, his clothes were solely catwalk experiments and simply unavailable to purchase.[3]) While constructing his autumn 2005 debut collection, shown in the Fashion East group show, he was squatting in a converted warehouse.[5] (A court order ultimately forced him to leave the building.[5]) He says his current studio is unheated and has only two electrical outlets.[3] It remains to be seen whether Pugh can be a commercial success as well as a critical one, but he is slowly shifting to more wearable clothing in his runway shows[13][8] and he has partnered with major manufacturers to produce some of his new pieces.[8] Not confirmed yet, but LVMH has reportedly signed him on to design Dior Homme menswear, replacing Kris Van Assche

References

  1. ^ a b College days | eG weekly | EducationGuardian.co.uk
  2. ^ a b c “Gareth Pugh: Fashion Designer.” Showstudio.com. Accessed Apr. 9, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m West, Daniel. “Gareth Pugh.” Icon Magazine (December 2006). Accessed Apr. 9, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c d e Mower, Sarah. “Gareth Pugh Runway Review (Spring 2007).” Style.com (Sept. 19, 2006). Accessed Apr. 9, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d e Crompton, Erica. “Supernova: Hint seeks out rising stars of design.” Hint Magazine (Aug. 2005). Accessed Apr. 9, 2007.
  6. ^ “Fashion East – Pugh.” Vogue.co.uk.
  7. ^ a b c Mower, Sarah. “Gareth Pugh Runway Review (Fall 2006).” Style.com (Feb. 15, 2006). Accessed Apr. 9, 2007.
  8. ^ a b c Mower, Sarah. “Gareth Pugh Runway Review (Fall 2007).” Style.com (Feb. 15, 2007). Accessed Apr. 9, 2007.
  9. ^ Jones, Dolly. “Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2007.” Vogue.co.uk (Sept. 19, 2006). Accessed Apr. 9, 2007.
  10. ^ Limnander, Armand (2009-01-26), “Men’s Fashion: The Ghost of Klaus Nomi“, New York Times, http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/26/mens-fashion-the-ghost-of-klaus-nomi/
  11. ^ “Gareth Pugh.” Londonfashionweek.co.uk. Accessed Apr. 9, 2007.
  12. ^ Roe, Louise. “Hard Times.” Vogue.co.uk (Mar. 19 2007). Accessed Apr. 9, 2007.
  13. ^ Jones, Dolly. “Gareth Pugh Fall/Winter 2007.” Vogue.co.uk (Feb. 15, 2007). Accessed Apr. 9, 2007.

Thierry Mugler & Beyonce

In 1, Fashion, Style on August 18, 2009 at 9:18 pm

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Mugler serves as the main costume designer for Beyoncé Knowles‘ latest concert tour, I Am… Tour. Knowles selected Mugler for the position after becoming enamoured with several examples of his work at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s “Superheroes” exhibit in May, 2008. He has signed on to create a 58-piece wardrobe for Knowles, her dancers and band for the tour. However, Knowles’ own clothing lines House of Dereon and Dereon will also contribute to the wardrobe. Mugler’s input will extend to the role of “creative advisor”, as he will contribute to designing the entire show, from lighting to choreography, directing three of the portions of the production , “Dangerously in Love”, “Ave Maria” and the show’s finale. Several of his vintage pieces are seen thoughout Knowles’ videos incuding the leather carapice bodice in “Diva“, and a gold robotic suit in “Sweet Dreams“.

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Mugler’s early training was as a ballet dancer, but he also studied design and created garments for friends at the same time. He moved to Paris in 1970 and worked as a window-dresser, designing clothing “on the side”. He launched his first line Café de Paris in 1973,[1] and founded his own label for women two years later, to be followed by designs for men in 1978.

Mugler’s work over the next two decades had a style that was very much of its time: Shoulders were wide and padded; waists were wasp-like. Prints were banished: Mugler’s clothes came in solid, dominating colours. Collars had exaggerated points or flamelike cutouts. The insect kingdom was a constant influence, as were the people of film noir. In his most extreme runway garments, PVC was often used, as were space and robot themes. Mugler’s fashion house did not survive the 1990s, though vintage versions of his more wearable designs are popular on auction sites like eBay.

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1997 saw the start of a lucrative partnership with the French cosmetics and skincare company Clarins, the best-known Thierry Mugler fragrances being “Angel” (sometimes outselling Chanel No.5 in France) and “A-Men” fragrances.[1] The Thierry Mugler company is now best known for its perfume division: the couture division was closed in 2003, but, reopened for the Winter 2008 collection, helmed by Rosemary Rodriguez, formerly of Paco Rabanne, who has also created the label’s most recent ready-to-wear collections. A line of spectacle frames, created under various licensing agreements, is also available.

Thierry Mugler has since turned to other artistic interests. He has published two books of his fashion designs and photography, controversially inspired by Stalinist propaganda:[1] Thierry Mugler (1988) and Fashion Fetish Fantasy (1998). In 1992, Mugler directed the video for George Michael‘s single, “Too Funky,” featuring a parade of Mugler fashions including the famous[citation needed] motorcycle dress.

More recently, Mugler collaborated with Cirque du Soleil on its 2003 show “Zumanity” at the New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This is Cirque du Soleil’s first show for an adult audience.
Mugler serves as the main costume designer for Beyoncé Knowles‘ latest concert tour, I Am… Tour. Knowles selected Mugler for the position after becoming enamoured with several examples of his work at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s “Superheroes” exhibit in May, 2008. He has signed on to create a 58-piece wardrobe for Knowles, her dancers and band for the tour. However, Knowles’ own clothing lines House of Dereon and Dereon will also contribute to the wardrobe. Mugler’s input will extend to the role of “creative advisor”, as he will contribute to designing the entire show, from lighting to choreography, directing three of the portions of the production , “Dangerously in Love”, “Ave Maria” and the show’s finale. Several of his vintage pieces are seen thoughout Knowles’ videos incuding the leather carapice bodice in “Diva“, and a gold robotic suit in “Sweet Dreams“.

Christian Louboutin

In 1, Fashion, Style on August 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

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Christian Louboutin (born 1964) is a footwear designer who launched his line of high-end women’s shoes in France in 1991. Since 1992, his designs have incorporated the shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. On March 27, 2007, Christian Louboutin filed an application for U.S. trademark protection of this red sole design.

As a child, Louboutin would regularly sneak out of school, from the age of 12, to watch the showgirls at some Paris nightclubs, because he was fascinated by their costumes, and cites this as his main inspiration for becoming a shoe designer: “[The showgirls] influenced me a lot. If you like high heels, it’s really the ultimate high heel – it’s all about the legs, how they carry themselves, the embellishment of the body. They are the ultimate icons.” Although Louboutin faced much opposition following his decision to leave school so early, he claims that his resolve was strengthened after watching an interview on TV with Sophia Loren in which she introduced her sister, saying she had to leave school when she was only 12 but when she turned 50 she got her degree. “Everybody applauded! And I thought, ‘Well, at least if I regret it I’m going to be like the sister of Sophia Loren!”

Shoes

Christian Louboutin helped bring stilettos back into fashion in the 1990s and 2000s, designing dozens of styles with heel heights of 120mm (4.72 inches) and higher. The designer’s professed goal is to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as [he] can.” While he does offer some lower-heeled styles, Louboutin is generally associated with his dressier eveningwear designs incorporating bejeweled straps, bows, feathers, patent leather and other, similar decorative touches.[3]

In his U.S. trademark application, Louboutin explains the inception of the signature red soles:

“In 1992 I incorporated the red sole into the design of my shoes. This happened by accident as I felt that the shoes lacked energy so I applied red nail polish to the sole of a shoe. This was such a success that it became a permanent fixture.”

Louboutin also received inspiration for his infamous, lethal-looking stilettos from an incident that occurred in his early twenties. He had visited a museum and noticed that there was a sign that forbade women to enter while wearing sharp stilettos, for fear of damage to the extensive wood flooring. This image stayed in his mind, and he later used this idea in his designs. “I wanted to defy that,” Louboutin has said. “I wanted to create something that broke rules and made women feel confident and empowered.” Christian Louboutin has topped The Luxury Institute‘s annual Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) for 3 years; the brand’s offerings were declared the Most Prestigious Women’s Shoes in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Celebrities

Christian Louboutin’s designs have gained popularity among socialites and celebrities, several of whom have made public appearances sporting the signature red soles. For example,Christina Aguilera and Nicole Kidman were outfitted by the couture cobbler for their weddings. Other famous fans of his shoes include Tina Turner, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, Catherine Deneuve, Cameron Diaz, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker [8] [9]

A pair of size five black Christian Louboutin shoes once owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for £10,000 at a charity auction in 2005. [10]

Celebrities ranging from Angelina Jolie to Carrie Hoff to Mariah Carey,[11] are fans of Christian Louboutin shoes and many celebrities are now choosing his shoes as their red carpet accessories. Patti LaBelle signed an endorsement contract with the company to wear their shoes during her concerts and on the red carpet. Her favorite are the Diamond Encrusted pumps. Angelina Jolie has favored his designs on almost all red carpet appearances. In her movie ‘Wanted’, Angelina Jolie dons a pair as the assassin ‘Fox’, these beige round-toed Louboutin’s are from her personal collection. Anggun wore Christian Louboutin shoes in her “Si tu l’avoues / Crazy / Jadi Milikmu” video, the distinctive soles are plainly visible when she dances through the jolt upside-down camera’s rolling. As on the back cover of Anggun’s Elevation album, she wore Christian Louboutin golden heels shoes. Kylie Minogue also wore Christian Louboutin shoes in her “2 Hearts” video, which the magenta red soles are noticeable when she maneuvered on the piano. Britney Spears has been spotted wearing Louboutin shoes while clubbing in Los Angeles and at various court dates for her custody battle. Christina Aguilera is also a fan of Louboutin’s creations, often seen wearing them to events, and during her 2006-07 Back to Basics Tour. Madonna wore Christian’s black patent leather studded mary-janes in her Live Earth performance. Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki is also a fan of the brand, seen wearing platform peep-toe Louboutins in basic colors such as nude and black, as well as rhinestone pumps in a photo shoot for Sweet magazine, also Japanese jazz singer Shiina Ringo was noticed to wear a significant number of Louboutins during the promotion of her band’s CD Variety. Louboutin also designed shoes for hit pop sensation Mika which he wore at his July 4, 2008, show at Parc des Princes. In an episode of Cribs UK, Danielle Lloyd shows of her many styles of Louboutin’s shoes. Leigh Lezark and Rachel Bilson are also known fans of Christian Louboutin.Paris Hilton, Blake Lively and Amanda Bynes have also been spotted wearing the infamous red soled shoes.

Stores

Christian Louboutin currently has five boutiques in the United States. Two are located in New York, and one in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and in South Coast Plaza of Orange County. Stores are planned for Design District in Miami.

In Asia, the first Christian Louboutin boutique was opened in October 2007 on On Lan Street in Central, Hong Kong.

There are two in London, England. The original is in Motcomb Street. An additional one opened in Mount Street in 2008.

In addition to the stores a large proportion of sales are also done online through online stores and boutiques.

In Australia, you can find his shoes sold in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney in David Jones stores.

Recently, Louboutin opened his first store in South America in Shopping Iguatemi São Paulo. [12]

In addition, a standalone Louboutin store opened this year in Ngee Ann City, a high-end mall in Singapore on its famous shopping stretch, Orchard Road.

Media

  • The Oprah Winfrey show featured Christian Louboutin and a collection of his shoes in a show dedicated to ‘the face behind the name’, Louboutins were on display around the set, with Oprah Winfrey describing the shoes as ‘pieces of art’.
  • Christian has recently collaborated with famous director David Lynch and they have created an exhibition featuring rare shoes by Louboutin, they are on show at the Pierre Passebon Gallery. The exhibition is named ‘Fetish’.
  • Rap artist Foxy Brown references the shoes in the first verse of her song “We On Fire” stating, “See it’s the Louboutin leopard pump Don Diva…”
  • R&B singer, Ciara‘s up coming “Crunk&B” single “High Price”, references Christian Louboutin stating, “See me in the club rockin’ Christian Louboutin.”
  • Jay-Z’s song “I Know” from the “American Gangster” album mentions Louboutin. “I am so dope, like Louboutin’s with the red bottoms, you gotta have ’em, you glad you got ’em.”
  • In Britney Spears’s music video, “If U Seek Amy“, she is seen wearing Christian Louboutin – Dillian Flower Pumps in Red.
  • In the film RocknRolla, One Two(Gerard Butler),stares at Stella’s(Thandie Newton) Louboutin’s and says “Nice shoes by the way”, to which Stella replies “Thank you. You will be able to afford a pair of your own in a couple of days.” referring to a multi million pound robbery they are about to commit.
  • The opening verse of the song “Knock You Down ” by Keri Hilson, featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo, references the brand: “Keep rockin’ and keep knockin’ / whether you Louboutin it up or Reebok’n”[13]
  • In the song from the R&B artist Keri Hilson from her album In A Perfect World featuring Keyshia Cole and Trina, Get Your Money Up, Trina states, “Gucci, Louboutin Boots, bags and more carats”

References

  1. ^ http://www.counterfeitchic.com/Images/Louboutin%202f%20statement%20in%20trademark%20application.pdf Christian Louboutin Declaration In Support of Acquired Distinctiveness
  2. ^ http://www.counterfeitchic.com/Images/Louboutin%20red%20sole%20in%20TM%20Official%20Gazette%207-10-07.pdf Christian Louboutin Trademark Application
  3. ^ http://www.newsweek.com/id/63166 Newsweek: The Sole of Sexiness
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIPzNlYTU98
  5. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_pwwi/is_200709/ai_n19498411/ Luxury Brand Status Index 2007: Footwear
  6. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS186612+17-Jun-2008+MW20080617 Luxury Brand Status Index 2008: Footwear
  7. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS176686+12-Mar-2009+MW20090312 Luxury Brand Status Index 2009: Footwear
  8. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb3070/is_200610/ai_n18974520/ Footwear News: Christian’s Cult
  9. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2002/jan/11/news/lv-louboutin11 LA Times: Comfort? Piffle!
  10. ^ http://www.newser.com/archive-us-news/1G1-138452746/cheries-a-choo-in-at-charity-shoe-sale.html Shoes Sell For £10,000
  11. ^ Shoe god inspires sole-searching“. The Arizona Republic (online print edition). 2008-02-16. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/arizonaliving/articles/0216louboutin0216.html. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
  12. ^ http://www.iguatemisaopaulo.com.br/page/eventosnovidades_detalhes.asp?cod=802
  13. ^ http://www.metrolyrics.com/knock-you-down-lyrics-keri-hilson.html Metrolyrics: Knock You Down