For roughly the past year, the idea of unisex fashion has been on a rampage. It seems that every single fashion week would be incomplete without at least one designer sending men and women down the runway in decidedly gender-neutral styles. I myself was not sold on the idea. That is, of course, until I came across the work of Paula Gerbase.
Her A/W 2014 collection for her London-based brand, 1205, was the epitome of unisex done right. Think slouchy, oversized sweaters with slightly cropped, wide-leg pants. Think expert tailoring. Think a monochromatic color pallete of black, treys, dark blues, and the occasional pop of white. Think men and women stomping down the catwalk wearing eerily similar pieces, and it all looking exactly right.
After doing a little digging, discovered that it is really no surprise that Ms. Gerbase presented such a wonderful collection. Not only is she a Central St. Martin’s graduate who spent several years studying tailoring on Savile Row, but she is also now a two-time NEWGEN recipient.
NEWGEN, or the British Fashion Council’s New Generation initiative, provides financial support to up-and-coming, UK-based designers, allowing them to stage a catwalk show at London Fashion Week. Past recipients include fashion greats such as Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane, as well as Erdem and Meadham Kirchhoff. Paula Gerbase joined the initiative’s repertoire last year, when she presented her S/S 2014 collection. When this year’s winners were announced this past July, it was revealed that Gerbase and 1205 will once again be receiving runway sponsorship. Her S/S 2015 collection is set to debut on September 13.
Having been dually honored by one of the fashion world’s most well-respected initiatives, it is no doubt that Paula Gerbase of 1205 has a bright future ahead of her. I, for one, cannot wait to see what she has to show us this fall at London Fashion Week!