Thursday, February 5, 2009

Runway Review: Jean Paul Gaultier Couture

Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture collection was an exercise in making what goes around come back around. He brought back some of the things that he first showed in the 80s and made them fresh and new again, including pinstripes, sharp tailoring, corsetry and sailor detailing. He double emphasized this by having 80s iconic model Inès de la Fressange walk his show.

Deep V-neck Tuxedos looked fresh especially when layered with triagle bikini tops. As with other couture shows this season emphasis on the shoulders was key. With winged & rounded exaggerated shoulders parading down the runway.

There was also an emphasis on the sides of the body, with cut out/sheer side panels creating interest.

Key colors include black, white, nude and grey. Accent colors include red and neon green. Resulting in angelic, not so innocence vrs. dark and vampy lady.

Spirograph like calligraphy swirled around embellished dresses in a way that was reminiscent to currency. When combined with the sheerness of textural lace, netting and chiffon it often created optical effects. Resulting in looks that were sometimes art deco and other times reminiscent of futurist art.

There were many celeb worthy gowns that I'm sure will make their way onto the red carpet. The middle dress just above is one of my faves.

Overall JPG succeeded in making old things new and fresh again, but there may have been slightly too many elements that cluttered his overall vision.

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