Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2009 Couture
“There was no misunderstanding the opening at least: the MGM signature tune and Lara Stone strutting petulantly in a leather trenchcoat, beehive, and giant pout—it was Bardot to a T! Jean Paul Gaultier always lets us know where we are at the outset, and for Fall, we were off on a movie buff’s coach tour of the gracious wardrobes of Hollywood heroines, ostensibly. In fact, it proved a bit of an elastic theme that at times meandered off script. It ranged so widely—from a Louise Brooks flapper dress and gilded fur coat to an ultrashort gold T-shirt under a black leather vest that looked like a possible choice for Lindsay Lohan—that it was sometimes hard to see where the designer was going. (Geometric-deco meets sci-fi was a particularly odd patch.)”
We’re a little torn on this one. We adore JPG and we can’t deny that this is a collection of beautiful looks. It’s just that…Hollywood? Really? We feel like a designer of his caliber can do better than a “theme” that has been done to death, not only by tons of his predecessors, but by tons of less talented and important designers. We can’t help but cringe when a review of a JPG couture collection mentions Lindsay Lohan. You know something’s gone wrong when that happens.
But like we said, these are some incredibly beautiful looks. We’re just a little underwhelmed by the inspiration. The end product is beautiful, but because of the starting point, these aren’t nearly as interesting to us as a lot of the stuff he’s done before.
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