Jean Paul Gaultier Fall Winter 2012 2013
A street scene was depicted through the spray paint inspired prints splattered on the high fashion looks. The collection knew no bounds in terms of tradition or following trends put forth by the powers that be in the fashion world. I suppose that doens’t need to be said at a Jean Paul Gaultier fashion collection being the man who really introduced Andrej Pejic to the world. A boy who is so beautiful that he was cast as both a man and a woman in his men’s show, and the finale look in his haute couture collection a couple seasons back. JPG is the man when it comes to breaking the rules.
Nothing is out of reach in this collection. A metallic trench wrapped around the waist of a model, a spray painted skirt under a perfectly tailored leather jacket, a deep orange velvet blouse with matching leggings. His lunacy knows no limits… but it seems to bring a cavalier, in-your-face high-fashion feeling that can be accomplished by a handful of other designers, one chose death over life, and one was dejected because of his fascist beliefs. A couple others exist but Jean Paul holds the reigns to this crazy carriage of fantastic fashion.
The French designer is all over the map, but it is the map to a treasure created by the design genius himself. The collection works and that is the bottom line. Sure there are some pieces that would be a very hard sell in a retail world but the collection as a whole is sleek, beautiful, impeccably tailored, and inspires thought. A question arises when looking at the evening wear looks. Are those jacets tied around the waists of the elegant looking models truly coats? Or are they skirts? Instantly there is a revelation that Gaultier has done it again and is making all the right choices when designing his collections.