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Paris Fashion Week: Rick Owens and Gareth Pugh find religion

March 3, 2011 |  4:15 pm

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Rick Owens and his protege Gareth Pugh, fashion's princes of darkness, must have experienced some enlightenment. Because this season, both of their collections were rife with religious iconography and references to good vs. evil.

Not that there wasn't a lighthearted spirit about these clothes. Pugh's were really more appropriate for worshipping at a nightclub than a cathedral. Gold zippers on the front of a tight black mini-dress mimicked the shape of a cross, while a black rubber asymmetrical jacket called to mind something more sinister. A black dress flying a blue cape looked heaven-sent, while black-and-gold stripe, and gold mirrored, mini-dresses were golden gods by way of the disco. 

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Owens, on the other hand, was in the high-fashion nunnery, putting his models in fur habits. To introduce the theme of dark vs. light, there were black-and-white colorblocked cape coats over long skirts and gauntlet gloves. Pod-like capes in fur or wool shrouded the body, and long skirts, slit up the back, were topped with terrific-looking boxy jackets with leather panels. The most exciting new silhouette? A jacket with sculpted sleeves resembling angels' wings.

--Booth Moore in Paris

PHOTOS:

Rick Owens fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Gareth Pugh fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

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Photos top: Looks from the Gareth Pugh fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

Photos bottom: Looks from the Rick Owens fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

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