Gareth Pugh Spring 2013 RTW

Launch Slideshow

SHOW: Gareth Pugh, Spring 2013

THEME: Latin American cockfighting

ACCESSORIES: Veils, open-toe boots, and hairpieces that look like chopsticks

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Fashion collections are often described on a scale of feminine to masculine—airy chiffon skirts and floral prints land on the spectrum closer to the girly realm, while angular cuts and structured suiting usually far near the manly side. 

That's why Gareth Pugh's description of his spring collection was so refreshing. He called it "hard femininity." Yes, it's womanly, but in the most badass way possible.

Inspired by cockfighting (you don't hear that too often on the runway), the show was dripping in Latin flare. There was a two-foot mourning veil, ruffled details reminiscent of an Argentine flamenco dancer, as well as a cape attached to a black leather bolero (a nod to a matador perhaps?).

Pugh's version of rebel femininity may really take hold this spring. After all, the Met's Costume Institute announced just a couple weeks ago that the big spring exhibition (and therefore the fashionably revered Met Gala) will have a punk theme.

It's time to get hardcore.