Gaultier ready-to-wear goodbye is glittery beauty pageant in Paris
By Alexandria Sage
PARIS (Reuters) - Bouffant wigs and white boots, French sailor stripes, a silver sequin staircase and a disco beat kicked off Jean Paul Gaultier's au revoir to the world of ready-to-wear in Paris on Saturday, and that was just the prelude.
The enfant terrible of French fashion gave jaded fashionistas a jolt of fun during what he said would his last pret-a-porter show, and, never one to be shy, he pulled out all the stops.
In a fashion week that already had a high dose of weirdness, from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's baby North West in the front row at Balenciaga to the release of a book about Karl Lagerfeld's fluffy white cat Choupette, Gaultier's show was the hottest ticket.
The beauty pageant theme began with the invitations - sashes which read "Miss Jean Paul Gaultier" - and continued with a bevy of beauties who strutted a catwalk that extended into the Art Deco auditorium of the Le Grand Rex theater.
Kitschy fun from the man who brought you Madonna's conical bustier is a hallmark of his shows.
Saturday's show incorporated a striptease by Spanish actress Rossy de Palma, Mexican wrestling by models and even a heartily applauded inside joke as Gaultier sent models down the runway dressed as fashion's who's-who, from Vogue creative director Grace Coddington to veteran fashion reporter Suzy Menkes.
Gaultier, a force in the business since the 1980s, announced this month that he was quitting ready-to-wear.
The brand, owned by Spanish perfumer Puig, will now on focus on haute couture, perfume, and collaborations within the industry, he said. Continued...