Gaultier wows Paris Haute Couture. High drama and higher turbans.

by Katie on July 7, 2010

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Jean Paul Galutier is not one for lack of drama.

He opened his Paris Couture show today with a sleek, elegant, bat wing sleeve black trench on model, Karlie Klossen, wearing an equally dramatic statement, high turban. Obviously Gaultier is adhering to the principle, the higher the turban the closer to God. And boy did he deliver.

Inspired by writers of the 1950s, the clothes merged JPG’s distinctiveness with look at me, swanky sophistication. A fox fur stole was draped over a typically Gaultier black trouser suit, encapsulating Gaultier’s trademark Parisian feel and he declared that fishnets are the new black…only Gaultier’s are more dramatic and embossed with motifs of Paris.

Sharp shouldered, swanky mode, two piece wool jersey suits were fluid while fetishist leather promised a good time. Swathes of fur trimmed a pewter trench coat that was worn with an obligatory, mile high red turban. A bristling, feather skirt rustled the crowd. A smooth milk chocolate leather suit proved lunching ladies can tempt fate. Sparkle and texture came by way of the rippled dress trimmed in sequins. Iris blue velvet dresses with statement shoulders clashed with acid green halter neck versions worn with stoles.

Gaultier plays with form and shoulders and sleeves were puffed as were hemlines. He managed to combine fantasy with feminine power. The world is Parisian when dressed in Gaultier. A short, grey, ostrich feather dress was trimmed with ornate jewels as a centrepiece and paired with coffee coloured leather gloves. A black, high neck, silk chiffon dress fluidly drifted over a gold slip like a fantasy from an Opium Eaters den of iniquity. Sumptuous and sexy. Nails and lips were scarlet gashes of defiant red.

Gaultier showed off his latest collaborative work with La Perla (To see this story in detail click this link to an earlier Chutzpah news story: ) and used Burlesque star come muse, Dita Von Teese, to highlight this. She was shroud in a 1930’s style voluminous dress which she stripped down to a black beaded corset, thong and suspenders on the catwalk. I’d have been more impressed if it had been Miss Grace Jones as she truly epitomises JPG’s refined flamboyancy by growing old dis’grace’fully.

There were oodles of shows stopping, red carpet gowns in strapless satin, velvet, feathers and jersey. His vision of edgy white wedding could match Billy Idol’s version. The model played the ‘Wedding March’ down the catwalk on violin. I like how Monsieur Gaultier plays to a different tune.

Picture kindly supplied by Getty via Daylife. See the Jean Paul Gaultier catwalk pics from the Autumn 2010/11 show at
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