The Last Straw
Okay, I gave this 24 hours in case the rectification of the problem was all a matter of time zones, but as I still haven’t seen any major headlines to the effect of ‘Genius Creates Clothing Out of Straws‘, the responsibility has fallen to me. Seriously, have we grown so jaded that the thought process is ‘Yeah, so Gareth Pugh made pieces out of drinking straws, but I mean, he made stuff out of glorified plastic wrap before, so who cares’??!!! People: Gareth Pugh created actual wearable (and, obviously) beautiful clothing out of drinking straws. EFFIN’ DRINKING STRAWS!
To be fair, I had absolutely no idea these were straws when watching the livestream, thinking the weird material used in nearly 1/4 of the looks that had this airy but stilted bounce to it – not unlike a porcupine when walking at a fair clip – was some sort of laser-cut multi-layered animal fur, seeing as there were six looks definitely made of a fur of some sort. It wasn’t until the photos were posted on UK Vogue that I realized I was wrong, and the material must be some sort of beadwork, perhaps like the medical glass tubing Abigail Lewis used in her grad collection, or some other unconventional material comparable to Lee McQueen’s S/S ’01 microscope slide dress. Then, buried at the very bottom of Tim Blanks’ review on Style.com, mentioned almost as an afterthought, was this gem:
…there was also the kitchen-sink drollness (another intrinsically English quality) that has, in the past, seen Pugh turn garbage bags into ball gowns. Here, he used drinking straws to create intimidating, thorny carapaces. Picture fashion’s middle point between Shakespeare and Clive Barker.
Is that it, Mr. Blanks? No, ‘holy crap, Gareth Pugh just made drinking straws wearable’?!! And you, Twitter world, why I have seen no one else pick up on this?!! We’ve got to get our sh!# together and give this man a bloody lifetime achievement award already.
(Screenshots of zoomed-in photos from UK Vogue)