By  on October 27, 2008

The alumni of Central Saint Martins have a long tradition of adding a dash of gritty excitement to the uberpolished Paris fashion scene. Like John Galliano and Alexander McQueen before him, Gareth Pugh created a stir when he made his debut on the opening day of Paris Fashion Week. Or should we call it an invasion? The designer’s sleek black-and-white lineup presented at the Palais de Tokyo fused romantic, armor-inspired silhouettes and gargantuan ruffs with a  hard, futuristic edge that left his models resembling Elizabethan Stormtroopers. Key pieces included tailored, armoresque jackets, body-conscious dresses with horizontal pleats that resembled air-conditioning vents and secondskin monochrome catsuits.

“It’s odd to see who goes for things, like one of my PVC coats that was bought by Marilyn Manson, a chic art dealer from New York and Róisín Murphy. It’s quite sporadic,” says the designer, who also has outfitted Kylie Minogue on several occasions. “I like the idea of someone like Daphne Guinness wearing my pieces, someone who likes to make a statement with what they wear.”

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