Gareth Pugh Plans London Retrospective

British fashion designer Gareth Pugh is finally returning to home territory after several seasons at Paris Fashion Week, and he is marking the event with a special London retrospective.

To celebrate his decade in the fashion industry, Pugh’s show will be part of the London Fashion Week schedule next month with a runway on 21 February, and one which the designer hopes will mark his permanent return to the capital. In addition, Pugh is also planning to stage a retrospective at Galeria Melissa in Covent Garden to coincide with the event. Brazilian footwear brand Melissa, who have been longstanding supporters and collaborators of the designer, will be opening their flagship on February 10 with a party to mark the occasion. Pugh’s retrospective, set inside the space, will then run from February 11 until late May. According to organisers from Galeria Mellisa, the space will be changed “to embrace the key visual codes of Gareth Pugh’s conceptual design, in both the entrance and lower basement spaces.” Pugh’s models will be wearing Melissa’s Soldier style footwear from F/W ’14 as they strut their stuff on the runway, whilst the brand remains the main sponsor of the designer’s show.

“I’m totally energized at the prospect of showing on home ground after seven years on the Paris schedule. London is where everything began for me – it’s where I live and work and my entire creative family is here,” Pugh said to WWD. As the capital gears up to host some of the biggest names in fashion next month, Pugh’s retrospective and return to London will be a hot talking point amongst the fashion fold eager to see the designer’s work on home turf once again.