Designer Jean Paul Gaultier stuns Paris Couture Week in his seductive, decadent dandy inspired collection.
Gaultier made androgynous model Andrej Pejic as the star of his collection. He has known for his creation of unlimited boundaries that sparked controversies. His last couture show after he sent outlookalikes in clothing similar to those the late singer used to wear just months after her death.
For this couture week he took the former drug addict musicianto be part it. Doherty made his acting debut as a 19th-century figure in a film that was screened at the Riviera event. The movie, 'Confession of a Child of the Century,' bowled Gaultier over. 'I said my god he is so seductive, a decadent dandy,' said the designer backstage.”And that’s my collection”.
The result was a theatrical delight. Androgynous by design and by the virtue of the show's star turn, the so-called 'femi-man' model Andrej Pejic, who strode onto the catwalk wearing a gauzy black top that revealed his chest, it was pure Gaultier. Nineteenth century top hats accompanied high taffeta collars, deconstructed texture-rich satin crepe waistcoats and a sea of black. The black was broken up with explosions color and bright fox fur, which provoked whoops of delight from the crowd. The shoulder less jumpsuit which completed the ensemble had the broken sheen of scrubbed metal, like the film's robot Mechanical Maria.
Art deco prints and the odd robotic conical bra only added to the graphic feel, while a projector beamed images onto one model's dress while scenes from old movies flashed behind her. The piece de resistance came in the form of a science-fiction corset cage, that stood out from the model's body like a mechanized hourglass. At the end of the show Gaultier takes the bow.