New fashion collective, GAMUT, showcased their first collection at La Station – Gare des Mines in Paris, as a part of Paris Fashion Week. The collection was presented on a cast of models in line with the collective and the location, which was covered in red plastic for the occasion. This inclusive sample of today’s youth projects energetic and powerful attitudes that correspond to the ambition of the collective: to show a different reality and an original way of creating.
The designers, all French, met at La Cambre fashion school in Brussels and formed GAMUT in December last year. while the Belgian style is evident, the members of GAMUT tweak the hallmarks of traditional clothing, from a man’s waistcoat to an evening gown, from a tailored coat to a deconstructed shirt.
The designers interpretation to the traditional suit was invaded by technical elements and styled with the collective’s topstitched cowboy boots and a travel bag crafted from recuperated scarves, which were also found on a ruffled skirt or trousers. The personal visions of each member of the collective coexist and converse in a coherent wardrobe in which the suit is revisited in several forms – organic, conceptual, radical or meticulous.
The pieces navigate between men and women in a permanent movement that announces a new, spontaneous aesthetic in contrast with current trends- but trying to create something that is more than street wear.
Being a collective allows them to present their collection in a collage format, which also makes its mark on their choice of materials: traditional woollen cloth with tennis stripes, featured throughout the entire collection, and came head to head with technical waterproof canvas and jerseys printed with black and white photos of the striped suit cloth from the rest of the collection. The word GAMUT is splashed across dresses, tops and shorts. A line of knitwear in coloured cashmere, with the same construction principles as the rest of the collection, adds a radiant touch to the overall feel of the collection.
Somewhere between quirkiness and realism, the GAMUT silhouettes mixes extremely rigorous and understated pieces with sparkling gloves or ultra-large visor caps, while tailored pieces are teamed with asymmetric designs. It all creates an assemble of diverse, sometimes contrast designs, that are super fresh and original.