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September 1 2014

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Gareth Pugh’s Foot Armor

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“Melissa supported me with product sponsorship for my second show at London fashion week for Spring 2006, a good six years ago now, and we talked about doing something together ever since,” Gareth Pugh tells Style.com of the Brazilian footwear label. Tonight, the British designer celebrates the launch of his first original design for Melissa at Layers in London. The collection, available at Colette includes two styles ($117 to $130), a sandal and a flat, both of which have Pugh’s signature touches all over them. “The idea for the sandal was taken from the vented outfits produced for my first show in Paris (for Spring 2009)—these formed an exoskeleton,” says Pugh. “The Melissa style has quite an amour-like quality to it, which I love, but essentially they’re an open work sandal, nothing as weighty or as cumbersome as armor.” Next month, look out for another collaboration from the designer, this one with MAC, which has been two years in the making. “Well at least I know what my mom’s getting for Christmas this year!”

Photo: Courtesy of Melissa

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