Jean Paul Gaultier Fall Winter 2012 2013 Paris Haute Couture

Jean Paul Gaultier Presents Top Hats, Turbans and Riding Clothes with Sophie and Bette Midler among Admirers in the Audience

 

Bette Midler said she came to the Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture show, both as an admirer of the designer and as a customer of the house.

The July 4 show, she said, marked the first time she would be attending a Gaultier show in Paris. For her daughter Sophie, along for the ride, the day seemed to be shaping up to be a fun experience. 

“I really enjoy going to fashion shows with my mother,” she said.

As for the Divine Miss M, she said of the designer, “If you love someone, you want to support them. You want them to thrive.”

On entering the venue, Midler had been so deluged by TV cameras, still photographers and microphones, that I had just a few minutes to chat with her before returning to my seat.  However, as the wait for this show to start was unusually long, a second opportunity came around soon enough.

As it happens, Paris fashion shows rarely, if ever, start on time. Personally, I never mind the wait. I always have friends in the room and besides that, the long waiting periods can be a great time to talk with the celebrities. They haven’t got much else to do, as they’re also waiting for the shows to begin.

In this case, after the show was already an hour late, a voice announced that the delay would be another 20 minutes.

So I returned to chat with Midler, a perfect time as the previously impenetrable mob of photographers had cleared. About two years ago, we met at the marvelous L.A. Art House in Beverly Hills, which showcased young artists, but sadly no longer exists.

After we talked about the now-vanished art gallery, the conversation turned to New York, which although it’s long been a remarkable city for visitors and residents, Midler said the city is getting even better. Mayor Bloomberg, Midler said, has launched Million Trees NYC, a program, in which she is participating, to plant one million new trees throughout the city.

Midler herself founded the New York Restoration Project, which is creating a greener environment for the open spaces in NY’s underserved communities.

At long last, a show well-worth the wait began, themed for the film, “Confessions of a Child of the Century,” featuring top hats, turbans, riding clothes, embellished jumpsuits and long, swinging fringes. One model wore a gold-frame of a corset that flared to a tutu-shape; another sported a gown with Gaultier’s signature pointed bra; and others walked the runway in beautifully and heavily beaded frocks.   

Also on hand for the show at the Jean Paul Gaultier atelier were model and Roger Vivier muse Ines de la Fressange, fashion designer/former escort Zahia Dehar; stylist Ann Caruso, art curator Stacy Engman and vintage couture retailer Cameron Silver. 

Top photo: Sophie Midler and Bette Midler at the Jean Paul Gaultier fall winter 2012 2013 Paris haute couture show

Second photo: From the Jean Paul Gaultier fall winter 2012 2013 Paris haute couture collection

Third photo: Fashion designer Zahia Dehar at the Jean Paul Gaultier fall winter 2012 2013 Paris haute couture collection

Fourth photo: Unlike most other couture houses, fashions in the Jean Paul Gaultier fall winter 2012 2013 Paris haute couture collection were not for women only.

  

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Jean Paul Gaultier Fall Winter 2012 2013 Paris Haute Couture

Published July 5, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA