May 11, 2009


anatomy of a fashion show:
i'm just gonna let the pictures do the talking. minimal captions provided. ENJOY!!!
while gareth pugh showed even in paris in video form, to be the first IN THE WORLD to see his creations being worn down the runway was nothing short of a privilege.
the tent
the hallowed inner sanctum of fashion gets an ethereal, otherworldly glow...weirdly enough the gothic-camp darkness of the collection to come is a fitting complement to this icy blue swathe.
and the countdown begins:
(YES I KNOW everyone out there has already seen th video but just bear with the screenshots ok!?!? its a different experience on your laptop screen and on a huge projection one complete with surround sound and thumping beats.)
and then the video ends and everyone is nearly jumping out of their seats with the frenzy--the energy level in the stands reaches fever pitch; the entire mass of people are almost quivering as a giant entity ready to swallow whatever is to come next. 
and the screen splits in half, monstrously moving apart to reveal its innermost gems...
the thumping beats start up again, and everyone goes wild for the first runway stomp.
it was genius after genius after genius piece, all earthy and elemental-inspired, heavyduty hardware and boots and ripped shreds with cozy/spiky glittering coats, mesh, platforms...
the look was complemented with wisps of hair across the models' faces, and dark dark makeup and a nude lip. 
i really liked his menswear. 
then, just as it started and we had the wind knocked out of us, the full blast of lights came on and the proverbial curtain was dropped then raised, and a whole line of his beings paraded out for one last time. 
that's when the coherence of his aesthetic hit--elemental hematite, oxidized metal, superior craftsmanship in shaping the darkness he sought to wield. it all clicked...then before anyone could focus their cameras, 
out comes The Man Himself, to raucous, thunderous applause and plenty of catcalling.
2 seconds, a shy smile and the slightest of bows, then like a jack-in-the-box, he bounds backstage while the frenzied crowd covers his person in the luminescence of flashbulbs and digicams. 
(as you can see--all i got was his back.)
then, just as soon as it all started, and before we can process the magnitude of it all, all we are left with is to ponder is how he did what he did, while his name in lights teases us.
ashley isham-designed coke light commemorative bottles. 
i was lucky to get one as i entered the Tent. only 100, 000 of these were made, and i suppose its hard to resist a bottle that's festooned with jewels!
i greatly enjoyed the experience...
more outfit shots to come, but for now this is what i leave you with.


janettaylor said...

Gareth Pugh is a genius! YAY! :)

I saw the video (youtube) from this collection! Awesome! ;)


Lily said...

OMG you have NOT been to a Gareth Pugh fashion show!!!!!!!?!?!?!

I am officially seething with jealousy! That must have been so amazing, you lucky, lucky thing!

Thanks for adding me to your list! I've also added you to mine. :)

Slanelle said...

woaw, so interesting !

Lilo said...

gosh ,ur so lucky for attending that show, it looked amazing

betsy said...

thanks! i really want to get a polaroid camera soon! But i have a nikon d60 camera so i might have to wait before asking my mom to get one for me heehee ;)

justbecausefashion said...

i´m jealous!!!!!!!ah!!!!

vorega badalamenti said...

wewww... really great shottt

Mads said...

Hey andrea thanks for your comment!! The shoes are very Margiela no?=P Would love to be in that tent!! I can feel the energy just by looking at the pics.. The astro cuff in your oldr post is amazing and unique!!


Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

such a comprehensive post! thank you for your comment and yes of course you can add me. have a great day!

♥ fashion chalet said...

thanks bundles for your comment!! :)

hoping all is well. looks like a fun day was had!


Chessa! said...

sounds like it was amazing! I love the garments.

Savvy Mode SG said...

oh i love fashion shows. that coke bottle is cute.

stellawantstodie said...

love fashion shows. are so funny!


Cathy Voyage said...

Wow, that's so cool!

Mimi said...

You are too sweet!!!

Aww, thanks for adding me! I will add you as well, def. made my day :)


Ruta said...

omg lucky!!!!! i want to go see a fashion show really badly but i cna't becasue they wont sell tickets to me until i turn 18. which is in 6 months. :(

a decadent thing said...

hello dearie. i just stumbled upon ur blog, you are from S'pore too? haha. love you style!


Hanako66 said...

that is SO AWESOME!!!!! you are so lucky!