As Paris Fashion Week came to a close, Jean Paul Gaultier’s Haute Couture fashion show was a great way to end the week. Although having a few off season’s, Gaultier’s not one to shy away when it comes to fashion and he didn’t let us down for his Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection. The French designer brought out his wild side, with animals being a huge theme for this season’s style.
When it comes down to it, Couture can be rich with extravagance and beauty, but Jean Paul took a different take on it, with his feline filled show and leopard print patterning left, right and centre. The models walked down the coincidentally named catwalk with their claws out, along to the Pink Panther soundtrack wearing leopard print tights, collars and even hair.
The show was exciting and eccentric and to sum up haute couture Jean Paul simply said “It’s all cinema, it’s all from film.” Which Great Gatsby director Baz Lurhmann backed up stating, “Haute couture, like cinema, is unreal. It’s theatre – a romantic aspiration that’s more beautiful, more extraordinary than reality.”
With his famous flamboyance, Jean Paul had an exciting collection of pant suits and although quite masculine where the shoulders came out quite far, the designer added the femininity with cinching at the waist and the hips coming to an exaggerated point. This was a main feature with many of the outfits, varying from of course the pant suits, then jumpsuits and gowns.
Other features included indulgent quilting on some of the dresses and jackets. The voluptuous design varied in colour; from tan to multi coloured, all emphasising the female figure. Then moving on to even more feminine fabrics like the double layered chiffon gowns and corsets. Of course what stood out was the leopard print and animalistic themes that ran through the show. Gaultier, had the seating arrangement divided into sections titled ‘Lions’, ‘Panthers’, ‘Lynx’ and ‘Leopards’.
There were fourty-three looks in the whole of his collection, showcasing how experimental he can be with his fabrics. Jean Paul included a couture coat for one of his looks and from a distance it would look like fur, however had been made entirely with feathers to resemble the fur of a cat.
Overall the collection was fantastic, and an ingenious variation of fabrics and textures where used in all of his outfits. He’s clearly shown everyone, that even with a couple of off seasons, Gaultier knows what he’s doing.