Jean Paul Gaultier's last ever ready-to-wear collection...
The legendary Jean Paul Gaultier showed his last ever women's ready to wear collection at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday after announcing earlier that it would be his last. The news was a shock that was muttered on the lips of fashion followers, editors, models and the press all over the world. Gaultier released a statement, expressing "commercial constraints" and the "frenetic pace of collections" that lead to the decision to downsize. "For some time, I have found true fulfilment in working on the haute couture and it allows me to express my creativity and my taste for research and experimentation". Which thankfully, means we'll still have some Gaultier in our life as he will now focus his time solely on his Couture, fragrances and special collaborations. Gaultier expressed his couture will constitute a "new beginning" for him after more than 38 years designing men's and women's ready-to-wear collections. "I will be able to express again my creativity fully and without constraints,” he explained.
"At the same time the world of ready-to-wear has evolved considerably. Commercial constraints, as well as the frenetic pace of collections don't leave any freedom, nor the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate."
With that news still floating around our ears we knew his last RTW collection would be spectacular, and he didn't disappoint. The show took place on 27th September during Paris Fashion Week and was held in a theatre portraying a Miss World contest, well a Miss Jean Paul Gaultier contest anyway. It was a high-voltage, electric, fun frenzied parody of the Miss France pageant, with Rossy de Palma as Madame de Palmay, a pastiche of Madame de Fontenay, the former chair of the French "Miss" committee who is perennially clad in black and white. The show was also presented by radio journalist Alex Taylor in perfect French and English.
The first part of the collection felt like a fresh version of the 80's. Powerful women in monochrome one shoulder suits and dresses strutted down the runway in elegant black hats. The music oozed class and sophistication.
This was my favourite part of the collection. I love classic monochrome as I feel you can not beat it, it never dates and always looks chic and elegant. I also love a strong powerful women which these women seemed to portray with lust and passion... nothing beats a powerful walk on the runway!
Next Gaultier strayed from monochrome and took to colour to delight our eyes, carrying on the Miss Jean Paul Gaultier theme. By this part of the show I was hooked. You had no idea what was coming next, the music seduced me with excitement as I watched the show, from monochrome to colour, colour to a dedicated section to Vogue editors. Paying tribute to five fashion editors who have championed his work: US Vogue 's Grace Coddington, French Vogue's Emmanuelle Alt, Italian Vogue 's Franca Sozzani, former French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld and prolific British fashion journalist Suzy Menkes. Next came the WAGS! He portrayed the 'WAG' style showing outlandish selfie taking and pouts, LOVE!
The whole collection, and show for that matter was so fantastic that I find it hard to describe, forget what I have to say, forget my wine filled rants at how Gaultier rocked it and ended his Ready to wear career with a bang, watch it yourself below!