As glad as I was to see that Buffalo Bobs seems to have settled on a great new brand image, I would be somewhat distressed if my favorite Fuga shifted style so drastically. To my mind Fuga have managed to nail their style long ago, although I do remember when they were fumbling around with punk and Visual-Kei influences, producing straight-jackets and bondage trousers. Now Fuga’s style is much more adult, but they have kept hold of the tight fitting and gothic touches that give Fuga that dark edgy vaguely vampiric flair that I have long adored. This year’s A/W collection may not have thrown up many surprises, but it is eminently wearable, adult and accessible.
There is an awful lot to like here, personally I am drawn to the wool p-coat on the left, it is relatively smart, but the cropping and skeletal lines just bring it to life. The leather version of the riders to the right manages to bring something different to a heavily worked wardrobe favorite, which just has something more masculine to it than the drape focused Buffalo Bobs collection. When it comes to outers I much prefer a structural silhouette to the ensemble, drapes work well in the layering, but for me, defining your outline as it were just happens to ring my aesthetic bell.
I am holding out for a leather cape from Fuga – they did a great one last year that had sold out in my size by the time I got round to checking it out. Sources say they are bringing it back this year, we shall see….
We are yet to see any of this season’s accessories yet, they do bring out a brass wallet chain every year in very limited quantities that are notorious for selling out instantly, but I am hoping for a reprise of their classic lion door knocker design which is now a bit of a collectors item (as are the straight jackets I mentioned in the introduction – it is not just Lolita that is collectible!).
So in summary, Fuga are bringing on more of the same, which as a fan I applaud and I just hope that they keep reaching a broader and broader audience.