Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall 2010
“The key to Jean Paul Gaultier‘s latest collection could be found in the opening and closing outfits of his show. First up, a reconfigured trenchcoat in black gabardine. Last out, the same idea in white silk (worn by a bride who played herself down the runway—literally—with a violin). The trench is Gaultier’s signature piece. The fact his latest show was bracketed by it suggested the collection was about him this time: not Mexico or Hollywood or Mars or anywhere else he might have been recently. Being the most Parisian of French fashion designers, that gave him a lot to work with. Being Jean Paul Gaultier gave him even more. So it was a crying shame the show didn’t ultimately offer the thrills he once provided so routinely we almost came to take them for granted.”
We take his point that maybe the show wasn’t as dramatic or exciting as past JPG efforts, but we also think, as he says, that this is JPG being JPG and returning to pieces and styles that seemingly give him the most pleasure. We especially like that much of the collection has an old Hollywood vibe and yet it mostly manages to skip cliche and offer you new ways to look at it. We don’y capital L Love it, but we really like it.
And yes, that is the fabulous Dita Von Teese walking the runway at the end.
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