Found via Vogue UK:
“Flattered but inappropriate” was the reaction Gareth Pugh gave when his name was suggested as the successor to the late Alexander McQueen’s label. “There have been so many rumours. How many jobs can one person do? To be honest with you, I thought that the McQueen thing was a little in bad taste with the circumstances surrounding that. It is vaguely flattering but obviously the inappropriateness did rather take over,” Pugh, in Florence to make his Italian debut with Pitti, told Vogue.
“I met him a couple of times but I didn’t know him as a person, I never worked with him. They obviously have a very specific way of working there and Sarah Burton worked with him for a long, long time and to be given that role and responsibility is a tough one.”
Is it a job he would have wanted?
“To step into those shoes, I’m not jealous of that situation at all. I don’t envy her position. It’s flattering but I think a little ill-founded,” says Pugh, although he wouldn’t rule out taking on the challenge of being a creative director at another fashion house altogether. “I would never say never. I have never been asked so I wouldn’t know whether I would say yes or no. If I did do it, it would certainly have to be the right thing. It would obviously change the way I work and the way I live and I’m quite happy with what I do at the moment, so it would have to be a very good offer.”
However, on the other side of the fashion spectrum, Pugh has recently commented on how he would be interested in designing a high street collaboration and has already been approached on a couple of occasions. My guess is that Topshop have already visited that avenue. (Update: And I was right!)
“It would have to be the right thing but it’s never quite fitted. H&M haven’t asked yet,” he laughs. “It would be really interesting for me to do something that’s an entry level thing. Unfortunately, and sometimes quite embarrassingly, my designs can be rather expensive but that’s because of the time it takes to make certain things and the fabrics we use and everything is done in Italy. I couldn’t even afford my own stuff – I have to steal my own samples!”