Paris Catwalk Report: Jean Paul Gaultier

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Gaultier showed his latest collection in homage to Fred Chichin of the French electro duo, Les Rita Mitsouko, who died at the end of last year. Chichin was a true French gent, in the mold of Serge Gainsbourg or Yves Montand and Gaultier’s collection captured that twisted elegance. Click on pic to zoom.

The most obvious reference was A Clockwork Orange with a ubiquitous bowler hat, trousers tucked in boots and thuggish posturing. The sharp tailoring created strong silhouettes and there were plenty of examples of very on-trend slim cut trousers. However it was the more relaxed styles which caught my eye, like the grey-brown tweed suit pictured.
Shawl neck jackets were also a feature of the collection as were leather trousers (totally spotting a trend here) and cut leatherwork stripes appliquéd onto suit trousers.
This is why Gualtier, even at the age of 55, is still famous as the enfant terrible of French fashion: he can still produce a collection which looks fresh and exciting but holds together brilliantly.
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