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The thin line between rats and clothes

November 30, 2007

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I don’t know if PETA is going to target this but that controversial rat coat from Gareth Pugh’s Spring Summer 08′ collection is being featured in the December issue of W Magazine.

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That’s a show of ‘supporting new talents’ right? With supermodel Raquel Zimmermann wearing that coat for W mag, Gareth Pugh can’t be more fortunate. But at the end of the day, I still have doubts on whether who would ever wear those furry white rats.

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  1. Brie permalink
    November 30, 2007 6:46 pm

    I am not liking this at all! I hate rats and having to see them on a coat freaks me out even more. But I can surely say that PETA will be protesting.

  2. November 30, 2007 7:46 pm

    Eck! Most new avant garde designers do stunt dressing to catch people’s attention. This is a perfect example of it.

  3. November 30, 2007 9:50 pm

    I have to admit I’m not all that pro-active when it comes to animals and the use of them and/or their fur etc. in fashion. So that’s not exactly the problem I have with this rat coat…

    What really bothers me is that Pugh still feels he is obliged to and capable of shocking his audience which I reckon he’s not in either respect. He really does tire me.


  4. Acidtrash permalink
    December 1, 2007 9:03 am

    Well one thing exiting is that he may be lunching a line for Topshop in February.

  5. sophie permalink
    December 1, 2007 11:23 am

    surely those aren’t real rats?!!?!

    i really don’t understand how gareth pugh manages to stay in business because who the hell would actually wear any of his clothes, they’re completely unwearable!!

  6. Kielo permalink
    December 1, 2007 12:15 pm

    I think the image of Raquel is great! Like she is delusional and distressed, wearing rats to showcase her afflictions. I generally dislike Pugh`s work though , and the runway image is dull.
    Still, you do need variety in fashion.

  7. December 2, 2007 12:21 pm

    Now that is truly disgusting! It looks like they just poisoned the rats and pinned them together.

  8. December 15, 2007 6:17 pm

    Certainly not my cup of tea! I appreciate orginiality, but this is more like stupidity.

  9. carrie permalink
    December 24, 2007 10:25 am

    my friend sent me a Gothic Lolita hat from Shinjuku( To
    kyo) there was a cheap crest on it witha dead whit mouse on it = it fell to the floor of the Mercer Hotel
    This October- a boy picked it up and i noted Courtney Love
    pinning this white mouse sans crest to hios Lapel. later that night i saw thios boy who turns out to be Marc jacobs BF sitting with Miss Love front row MJ , then about 2 weeks if that later im on Monmouth St in London
    thios PERFECTLY appointed fashionista leans aganst the doorway of Coco De Mer- what? a WHITE MOUSE on her lapel! THEN we hAve the V and A Couture gala i meet this girl in the bathroom we go have a smoke – shes a what? a TAXIDERMIST artist who mostly works withd ead biords and rodents- and im starngekly attracted to her, Then MR Pugh whose selling alot at Rick Owens in Paris comes up with tjis gorgoues black leather cowl that i have to have and jailhouse balck and white leggings an dbody stockings that i adore- so i dunno- its gross lookingthe rat jacket bit i chaqtted with Mr Pugh outside the Ritz, hes yr typical St Martins grad- buit Rick Owens doesnt jusrt support anybody…so im going with faith on this one

  10. ashton permalink
    March 5, 2008 9:53 pm

    i HATE it. What if you were skinned alive still conciouse, and put on a robot ( the model) as fashion. GO PETA!

  11. damian permalink
    January 12, 2009 11:11 am

    “That’s a show of ’supporting new talents’ right? With supermodel Raquel Zimmermann wearing that coat for W mag, Gareth Pugh can’t be more fortunate. But at the end of the day, I still have doubts on whether who would ever wear those furry white rats.”

    Darling you simply do not understand the art of conceptupal fashion. It is not be worn by aspiring little fashion girls like you ,but by the true arbiters of style, fashionistas that truly understand, concepts, ideas, design, and if you do not understand the importance of innovative designers like Gareth Pugh , then I do not know what you are doing discussing fashion.
    Maybe you should talk about little pretty pink stuff.

    • January 12, 2009 11:39 am

      I think you have mistaken the line between wearable fashion vs avant garde fashion. I have never been able to appreciate Gareth’s earlier work which centralizes on shock factor, please remember the balloons his debut. That rat coat is simply NOT wearable for daily fashion, but YES for printworks.
      And to tell you the truth, ever since his Fall 08 collection I am a huge fan of him now— I started his Spring 09 thread at TFS— his concepts are the same but more marketable right now, I truly think he is a new generation of ”it’ avant-garadians and I will definitelt watch out for his future work.

      Oh, excuse you but I hate little pretty pink stuff and I am not a little fashion girl.




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