Jean Paul Gaultier Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture
Sometimes I am reminded just how much of a genius Jean Paul Gaultier is. His haute couture collection was a show that included his past (with Madonna), his present (as a free spirited hippie), and his future (children?).
Models feet were dip dyed in various colours that matched elements of the collection and evoked feelings of a spiritual nature. The light blue dye made me think of the Hindu goddess Kali or Shiva and their serene composure while the orange dyed skin brought on feelings of happiness and contentment. I wonder if that the dye got on any of the sky-high hollow wedges worn through the collection?
The earlier part of the show used a surprisingly casual jumble of materials that was half gypsy, half hippie. The full skirts and busy patterns were a bit off putting to me but it demonstrates Gaultier’s grasp of diversity and fashion as an art form.
The daywear portion of the show was crafted with lavish silks, reflective mirrored paillettes and defined waistlines. Sheer material must be on sale throughout Paris because it was all over the couture shows yesterday as well as throughout the shows today. I’m a huge fan of showing off the goods and when a client is buying a dress of this nature understanding that defining the female form is single-handedly the purpose of a Jean Paul Gaultier couture piece. My advice to you, let the structured pieces form to your figure and allow your inhibitions to melt away.
The finale piece was an obvious work of art that took up the entire runway and needed a harness and two straps just to hold up the skirt! When the model did eventually lift up the skirt I the end… There were four small children hiding there. The protective mother? The womb of fashion? Gaultier’s a Grampa???
In any event it came across entertaining and the model was gorge! But not as pretty as Andrej Pejiic who made an appearance on the couture catwalk. Love it.