After 38 years of creating ready to wear fashion, the enfant terrible of French design, Jean Paul Gaultier, presented his final pret-a-porter show on Saturday night in Paris.
True to form, Gaultier prepared a show that was pure spectacle, conceived as an ironic beauty show featuring different themes from Miss Mariniere to Miss Tour de France, Miss Femme de Footballeur to Miss Vintage.
Incorporating many of his signatures – there were tailored silhouettes, nude corset dresses with conical breasts and skirt-pants.
This was not a nostalgic retrospective but more a tribute to his pioneering vision of fashion.
For his last pret-a-porter show, the designer cast a wide variety of models of all ages and sizes, some professionals, others not.
HIs brand, now owned by Spanish perfumer Puig, will now only focus on haute couture and scents.
Speaking just after his last moments on the catwalk, Gaultier said: “38 years of pret a porter…so I think there (has been) a lot of clothes, a lot of clothes and maybe not enough people to wear them. So it’s like, let’s leave la place aux jeunes, (let’s give some room to the young (designers).”
Several pictures of his swansong collection can be found on his Twitter page.
Westwood to carry on
At 73 punk queen Vivienne Westwood is not a young designer, but she is not thinking about retirement yet.
The grand dame of British Fashion sought inspiration in the past for her Spring/Summer Gold Label collection presented in Paris (her Red Label was shown at London Fashion Week)
There was the smudged lipstick (or blood) on models, the historical milkmaid hats, Juliette sleeves, haunted-looking gray cassocks, baskets as headwear, and, finally, the 18th century princess gowns in surreally off-kilter lime.
A silk dress decorated with a print of portraits stolen straight from the walls of Versailles was topped with a shredded purple jumper.
Models in peasant dresses could have been working in fields painted by Constable, were it not for the overturned wicker baskets on their heads.