Butterflies take flight on Jean Paul Gaultier's Paris catwalk

Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:28pm EST
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By Alexandria Sage

PARIS (Reuters) - Butterfly show-girls fluttered down the Jean Paul Gaultier catwalk in Paris on Wednesday, as the French designer transformed his haute couture gowns into delicate ethereal creations with silky wings in multicolored hues.

Never one to eschew drama, Gaultier added volume to sleeves and collars, bodices and skirts to create magnificent, light-as-air wings in silks, organzas and crisp cottons for his Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

During a trip to London, mounted butterflies in a shop caught the designer's attention, fuelling his imagination, he said.

"I was thinking about colors and fabrics and what they could be and then I kept seeing the shape (of the butterfly) and saw that it could be a body - everything was like a dress," Gaultier told reporters after the show at his design studio.

The modest and always-affable Gaultier said his creations, beautiful though they are, could not compete with Nature.

"What's incredible are these blue butterflies, they're almost metallic blue and then on the back they're almost leopard. It's stunning."

Ruffled wings on silk organza dresses in sky blue and Indian rose had a petal-like fragility, while an asymmetrical gown erupted in a flourish of blue, green, purple and black over one shoulder.

A va-va-voom skirt in vermillion with a dramatic flared hem was sewn from a delicately woven cable that recalled a butterfly net. The netting also showed up at the front of a dramatic Persian blue gown, creating a dramatic peek-a-boo.   Continued...

Models present creations by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier