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Edited by on September 29 2011 at 2:48 PM

I asked that question in the FashionIndie offices and the resounding answer was, yes, since it’s only the second day of Paris Fashion Week. Boo, I say. Boo! Call me cynical — and openly bored by everyone else — but Gareth Pugh’s spring 2012 offering was dynamic, breathtaking and futuristic without being hokey. And then there was the added layer of theatricality sorely missing from runway shows since Alexander McQueen‘s untimely passing last year. I think it’s safe to say it won’t get better than this.

As if an alien space pod had landed carrying a fierce race of insectoid women, the models stormed the runway against the backdrop of a gaping maw resembling their mothership. Shedding the cage-like chrysalises of the show’s first half, the alien women swathed themselves in voluminous black and donned Phillip Treacy‘s cocoon masks as their mothership became engulfed in purple flames. Aside from a great story, Pugh’s show provided some of his strongest looks to date — clean to the point of minimalism but still defiantly “out-of-the-box.” These aren’t red carpet-ready creations…unless it’s a red carpet on Venus.

Also, bonus points for featuring a man-heel with some actual height as opposed to a run-of-the-mill Cuban heel.


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Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail

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