Jean Paul Gaultier celebrated the end of his long and influential fashion career in Paris this week with a Spring/Summer 2015 collection that was one part circus, one part pageant, and all spectacle. The work reads like a highlight reel of JPG’s most iconic moments – especially the ones that earned him the nickname “enfant terrible.” Unconventional casting, zany tailoring, androgynous style, and challenging looks are all part and parcel of the JPG canon, and the presentation served as a memorable reminder of how much he has contributed to fashion culture over the years.
Every chapter of his life’s work is represented, beginning with monochrome suiting fitted with asymmetrical details. Sportif looks follow, blasted with logo mania (literally inscribed with the phrase “Loco Logo” at times). Street style is woven into this display as JPG checks in on trends with varsity jackets, sequined bike shorts, and printed harem pants. Glamour queens emerge in white teacup frocks, slouchy pant suits, and Ziggy Stardust pants made from multi-colored sequined stripes. Next, JPG shows biker babes in moto jackets, laced-up trousers, and perforated leather skirts, followed by boho girls in flirty printed tops and denim shorts. Le Smoking takes its turn – this time the blazer is cut in half, worn on a single arm with slinky mini dresses revealed beneath. Finally, as if to remind the audience of JPG’s ability to empower women, the designer shows silk wrestling suits complete with luchador masks. With fists raised in the air, the superhero and the common woman merge into one, a vivid image to leave us with in JPG’s fierce, flamboyant farewell.
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