Haute Couture SS18: Jean Paul Gaultier

Eliza Scarborough   |   25 - 01 - 2018

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Building upon his love for individuality, Jean Paul Gaultier’s show was a definite call for visual recognition, as enormous monochrome swirls covered the walls of the runway on rue Saint Martin.

 

The show paid homage to avant-garde French couturier Pierre Cardin and was heavily inspired by 1960s design, which was materialised gradually, in glamorous ladylike tailoring sliced and twisted in panels for 3D effects.

 

Keeping true to his signature look, Gaultier cinched waists and shoulders were exaggerated. What could best be described as futuristic plissé appeared in leather trousers, and on closer inspection, tuxedo jackets were actually capes. There were thigh-high boots created out of tulle and trench coats fashioned into bustiers.

 

Towards the close of the show, Gaultier’s muse Coco Rocha emerged, and seconds later she had twisted herself out of a spiral dress to reveal her two-year-old daughter Ioni Conran hiding inside in a matching dress.

 

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