There really is only one way to describe what we witnessed last night at the Paradis Latin cabaret in Paris: fun, fun, fun. Would Jean Paul Gaultier have it any other way?
The choice of venue was inspired, to say the least, as well as the perfect setting for the “Dancing with the Stars” spectacle that he had planned. As a panel of judges took their seats at the top of the runway, leather-clad models began their walk. Moto jackets were transformed into a crop top, attached to a black tutu, or presented as a one-shoulder cropped jacket. They were paired with leather shorts and trousers for the designer’s take on rock-chic. Amongst the looks was Gaultier’s signature cone corset, originally designed for Madonna in 1990. As an entr’acte to the presentation, the audience was treated to a Grease tribute by none other than Coco Rocha – who knew she could dance like that?
Karlie Kloss broke up a procession of beige pieces with a choreography that was somewhere in between “voguing” and martial arts, introducing a series of more constructed looks. Skirts had bulging, geometric pockets, and the lapel of a motorcycle jacket appeared as the collar of an off-white dress. A Latin ballroom performance announced more elegant – but by no means less interesting – looks, which included a one-shoulder, one-leg creation and dresses made of strips of fabric. Towards the end of the presentation, the motorcycle jacket reappeared in different cuts and colors, even lending its details to a leather skirt.
While Jean Paul Gaultier’s take on spring/summer fashions drew heavily on rock culture, the streets were a palpable undercurrent in the collection; hoodies and caps were paired with skirts or tied around a model’s waist and followed by sheer and printed bomber jackets. As the designer himself danced down the runway, marking the end of yet another heavily choreographed performance this season, one thing was clear: Jean Paul Gaultier really knows how to put the “show” back into “fashion show”.
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