Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2012 Menswear Ready-to-Wear, Paris:
Orange was one of the main themes for Jean Paul Gaultier menswear for Fall 2012. Gaultier plays a risky game of theatrics with some very dynamic graphical prints worn in a pajama fashion and with a vest and pant completely done up to look like a brick wall. Once again the brick had highlights which played off of the orange wool double breasted coats thrown over top. The orange was then heightened by the buttons and orange dyed fur trim on the collar but why stop there? The gloves the model was wearing were also orange leather but the kicker to this whole outfit, the pierce de resistance was the bright orange haired model with his matching orange mustache and brows. NOW this is an outfit!
Though tough to pull off the creamsicle orange was pulled back a little bit by the black cuffe of the jacket, black shirt and bow tie under the vest, and the chunky black boots. Surprisingly the brick wall look made the outfit look more like sculptural art than fabric and its depth took away from the calamity that could have been a terrible halloween costume.
Other graphical prints were shown throughout the collection in cartoon like fabrics, to greyscale brick print, to tattoo inspired prints on shirts. One of the interesting things about these prints were where the prints showed up. Light wool pants had sailor type prints running down the legs, a wool suit covered in cheetah greyscale print, one arm on a shirt and the front center was covered with a dragon tattoo print against white. The tie that matched the print lay on top which absolutely made this look.
All styles of pants were nearly always tucked into strapped up black polished loose fitting boots and created a very fashion forward appearance that took the wearer from classic to making a statement. Speaking of making a statemen, it wouldn’t be a Jean Paul Gaultier show if there wasn’t two things: men in skirts, and Andrej Pejic. The skirts were kind of like a sailor pant idea in that they had flaps of matching fabric which covered the fronts of the below the knee or ankle length, loose fitting skirts. The fabrics were all wool and were made as a three piece suit. Jacket, pant, and
vest skirt. The fabrics went from pinstriped to solid and back again, the skirt option is likely only by special order, but then again, who knows. If Andrej can pull it off, so can you.
The last trend that was noteworthy was the use of curly fur, there were over-sized vests and flashes of long black and white curly hair from under jackets and overcoats. The trend fits into the use of fur which was also seen on the Jean Paul Gaultier runway in the form of removable scarves and collar trims.
Lastly one of the styling options was the jacket tied around the waist of anything from a look with suspenders, to a full on tux… don’t do this… ever. The look is passable on the runway but much less than desirable on the streets.