Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring 2012
The curtain opened to a jazz quartet. As Catherine Deneuve, Dita Von Teese, Charlotte Rampling and Beth Ditto of the rock band, Gossip, watched from the front row, models in black cat’s-eye makeup with hair piled high atop their heads paraded down the runway.
For his spring/ summer haute couture collection, presented Jan. 25 at his Paris atelier, Jean Paul Gaultier paid tribute to the brilliant Amy Winehouse.
Hair and make-up aside, there was probably more variety in this collection than any other this haute couture season. Included in Gaultier’s re-interpretation of the one-of-a-kind singer’s unique style were fashions for any occasion a woman would choose to wear haute couture. Daytime. Night time. The bedroom, too.
Regarding the latter, this being the ultra-creative fashion-forward Jean Paul Gaultier, we’re not talking about standard bra and panty sets. On this runway – following a stunning stream of short jackets, pencil skirts, beautifully tailored suits and color-drenched gowns – models reappeared in their undergarments, which included jeweled and pointed bras, heavy-duty bustiers and more eye-popping lingerie.
Atop their heads, the boudoir-clad models wore veils: black, white and in bright colors While it is traditional to end a couture show with a bride, in this case all the models were brides – marching to the tune of “Rehab” and the strains of “No, no, no!”
Photos: from top: in the front row for the Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture spring 2012 collection, Beth Ditto of the rock band, Gossip; front row guest Catherine Deneuve at the Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture spring 2012 show
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Published Jan. 27, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA