The GAMUT collective presented their first collection on 28 September 2018 at La Station – Gare des Mines, during the recently finished Paris Fashion Week. The brand is union of five fashion designers – all graduates of La Cambre in Belgium. The Spring Summer 2019 Collection explores a different reality, an original way of creating, and a field of possibilities.
“On a single silhouette, we can make out an interpretation of a traditional suit, invaded by technical elements and worn with GAMUT topstitched cowboy boots and a travel bag crafted from recuperated scarves, which we also find 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, sometimes organic, sometimes conceptual, deconstructed, radical or meticulous… Each member’s know-how is fully exploited to give life to an open wardrobe where the pieces navigate between men and women in a permanent movement that announces a new, spontaneous aesthetic in contrast with current trends.
The collage format also makes its mark on the collective’s choice of materials: traditional woollen cloth with tennis stripes, featured in the entire collection, comes 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, worn on models. Oversized, 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 work.
Somewhere between quirkiness and realism, the GAMUT silhouettes juxtapose extremely rigorous and understated pieces with sparkling gloves or ultra-large visor caps. Trained in the Belgian style, 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 white shirt, by way of a technical parka and a rustic wool jumper.“
Photographed by Etienne Tordoir