Jean Paul Gaultier bid farewell to ready-to-wear in one of the most breathtaking and fun fashion shows we have ever seen!
The French designer – who announced earlier this month that he would be ending both his ready-to-wear collections to concentrate on haute couture – said goodbye with his Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear collection at Paris Fashion Week.
So how did Gaultier say goodbye? He did it with a mock beauty pageant! Even the invites were in the form of a French flag pageant sash, and the program included the titles of “pageant contestants” while the concession stand served champagne and boxes of popcorn, with a soundtrack playing in the background that felt like a medley of his shows tracks over the years.
“Élection de Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015″ as it was called, was divided into sections showcasing some of the designer’s most famous works including his famous cone-bra corset dresses, the pinstripe suitings, Miss Smoking, which emphasised on masculine tailoring and gender-bending formalwear, Miss Femme de Footballeur which was a section inspired by the wives and girlfriends of soccer players, which saw Swarovski crystals to embellish denim and leather pieces, The Mexican wrestling costumes of Miss Lucha Libre which saw beauty’s disguised with Mexican wrestler masks, complete with bold colours and crazy sombreros.
And the best section was Miss Rédactrice du Mode, a section devoted to magazine editors and their signature looks which saw Gaultier credit the looks of French Vogue’s Emmanuelle Alt, Italian Vogue’s Franca Sozzani, US Vogue’s Grace Coddington, British fashion journalist Suzy Menkes and former French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld.
The former enfant terrible of French fashion also chose to avoid using only conventional models and the runway saw French actresses in their 70s and 80s strut their stuff down the catwalk of Paris’ Le Grand Rex Theater, the city’s largest and most storied cinema house!
There were dancers, there were cyclists, there was a disco ball staircase, there were shirtless men, and big hats with even bigger hair, but it was all a competition and the two winners came down to Anna Cleveland and Coco Rocha. Both models were wearing Gaultier’s iconic cone-bra corset dresses but it was Coco who was the pagent winner.
When Coco won, Anna threw herself to the ground and then there was a shower of gold confetti, which is the moment that Gaultier took his final bow. And while Coco took the crown home, the real winner is of course was Jean Paul Gaultier, and it was a happy end to his fantastic 38 year career.
Photography: Colin Gold