Jean Paul Gaultier wanted a Reality Show presentation and for this he located his backstage center stage, a stadium scaffold so that the audience could see the girls being dressed. He also had the photographer Miles Aldridge working for the upcoming campaign in a studio in the middle of the venue.
No music for this old school presentation, just narration from Charlotte Lebon - a French television self-styled “weather girl” - and models with victory roll hairdos carrying cards with their look numbers who struck exaggerated attitudes for both the audience and the photographers. “Gaultier is what I do best”, dixit Jean Paul, who revisited many of his icons—reworking the trench, the matelot sweater, corsetry, and tattoos.
Classic men’ striped cotton shirts are turned into draped bodices that bared a shoulder or gathered into a front-jutting peplum. The trench is softened by liquid jersey, sailor pants are opened revealing bloomers beneath.
But the star of the collection is the tattoo print which is everywhere: it’s climbing up the stockings as well as leather evening pieces, nude tulle bodices of draped gowns ; going down the arm of one-sleeved cocktail dress, it’s sometimes meeting horseshoe rings used for body piercings displayed as fastenings.
Whilst Pinstripes is classic, Color is strong: orange for the look named “Mimolette”, cirtus-hued evening gowns in liquid jersey, or a flowery print suggesting an artist’s messy palette which was used for ensembles titled “I Spoiled Everything,” and “I Spoiled Everything Again” And after the bride named “Yes, I Do Not”, Jean Paul Gaultier sent out for the finale the models in his La Perla lingerie underpinnings.