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Jean Paul Gaultier

Fall 2017 Couture

Paris

Jean Paul Gaultier

Fall 2017 Couture

Paris

BY Tina Isaac-Goizé

July 5, 2017

It’s hard to turn your thoughts to Christmas when the mercury is flirting with 92°F—and that’s before counting all the warm bodies packed inside the show venue—but Jean Paul Gaultier pulled it off with a festive soundtrack (“All I need for Christmas,” Frozen’s “Let it Go”) and a masterful show. Yes, it revisited many of the designer’s classic signatures, but then again, it takes true talent to repeat yourself without boring everyone in the room. 

“Fashion snow storm!” said the designer when asked of the concept behind his Fall Couture outing. “My initial inspiration was India, but under the snow—hence a sari inspiration, but reworked for winter.”

One of the opening looks in the pun-laden program was the “Anna Winter”: A Prince of Wales wool check tailored jacket, a wide-shouldered quilted vest, a sari-like top with an integrated hood, and a matching skirt. 

Moonlit flurries seemed to settle on the velvet suit that followed. And, from the who knew? department, there was a Christmas sweater dubbed “Santa Clothes” in chiffon embroidered with back crystals. 

As for the silver-feathered “Coq Ring” coat, let’s just say it stands on its own. 

References crossed borders and included a snowy scene set outside the Grand Palais (look 59) to saris, which were everywhere. Look 60, a whorl of organza, feathers, and satin, offered a look at the East Indies in winter.

Like in seasons past, Coco Rocha was cast as the bride, and wore a short gown with gold leggings. Naturally, she was riding a gilded tuk-tuk with a point d’esprit covering. 

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