Gareth Pugh: "London wasn't taking me seriously" & more fashion week news!
It doesn't appear as though Gareth Pugh will be coming back to show in London any time soon. The British designer opened up to Vogue.co.uk about the reasons for moving his show to Paris in 2008.
"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," he explained.
"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 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."
Meanwhile further details of Matthew Williamson's new venue for his LFW show. It has been revealed that he will show is Spring/Summer 2012 collection at the turbine hall inside the Tate modern gallery in Southbank, London. This is the first time that a designer has showed at this iconic landmark.
In other fashion week news, the shuffling of shows continues with Pam Hogg deciding to take her S/S12 collection to Paris. The designer currently shows during London's On|Off schedule, now she has been offered a spot on the Paris On|Off schedule.
"Since my return to fashion three years ago [On|Off] have been giving me amazing support - allowing me to present my collection each season with the aim of helping me build a successful business in fashion again," Hogg told Vogue.co.uk. "Hopefully one day I'll be recognised and supported by the British Fashion Council, and will come back to London. But for now - viva la France!"
Hogg's show is expected to take place on September 30 or early October.