Pigalle Autumn/Winter 2013
The perfect amalgamation of urban streetwear and high-end couture, owner Stephane Ashpool proudly opened and named his menswear brand/boutique Pigalle after the area of his childhood residence. A subdivision of Paris, Pigalle is a tourist rich traffic destination famed for its varied cultural influences, deep historical elements and rooted architectural aspects mixed in with a gritty neighbourhood appeal.
Crediting much of his creative inspiration to his rough and tumble street upbringing, intertwined with a deep love of eccentric Parisian fashion houses – namely Paco Rabanne and Thierry Mugler – Stephane is credited with creating a menswear brand that harmoniously blends the best of both worlds.
With the highly anticipated release of their AW13 campaign, the collection flaunts a meaningful line-up of pieces that blend traditional tailoring techniques with a boisterous play on proportions.
Browsing the accompanying lookbook (shown below), an oversized knee length hoodie and chic pair of cropped trousers emit a playful yet contrasting silhouette to the classically clean fit of the accompanying blouson-style jacket. Practical in nature, the highly stylised range prepares us for the harsh elements of the autumn/winter season whilst keeping the sartorial characteristics relaxed.
Other stand out pieces within the collection include a light grey hooded poncho, a beautifully crafted black bomber jacket and a charcoal teddy jacket, which is teamed impeccably with a daring pair of olive coveralls.
Working within an autumnal palette of grey and brown, infused with lively injections of bold yellow, red and green, the texture rich range – which relies on heavy wool, knits and aged leather – emits a seasonally warm yet utopian aesthetic.