Picture a glamorous 50’s couture show narrated in both French and English with foxy models carrying cards with their look numbers – Jean Paul Gaultier recreated just that at his Spring/Summer 2012 runway show. The backdrop, a photo set fixed high atop scaffolding complete with rolling racks, models and beautiful clothes. In typical Gaultier form, the designs were playful, provocative and audacious.
Inspired by a modern-day belle de jour, the first looks included Gaultier’s signature pinstripes paired with crisp, fresh white shirts. Silhouettes varied from balloon-like shorts to billowing trousers to chic pencil skirts. Following these looks were beautifully draped pieces in a variety of rich colors from cobalt blue to bright orange. Adding a little pizazz to the already dynamic collection, lingerie details and tattoo-print body stockings were thrown into the mix.
Jackets were an instrumental part of the collection from double-breasted blazers to sleeveless trenches they completed each look masterfully. Elegant gowns with silk cord embroidery, one-sleeved cocktail dresses showcased a softer more sophisticated side. The grand finale, reminiscent of a sexy burlesque show, Gaultier sent the models parading down the runway in their lingerie underpinnings.
Written by: Stacie Fleming
Images courtesy of P. Stable, house photographer
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