Jean Paul Gaultier's plays on style make for varied, elusive Paris fashion show
PARIS - Clothes as body armour was the original concept behind Jean Paul Gaultier's rather dizzying fall-winter 2013-14 show in Paris.
A play on voluminous layers of leather, fur, silks, chiffon and even knits — both hanging and enveloping the body— constructed a protective silhouette over models. Presumably, Gaultier is expecting a particularly biting winter.
It all made for a varied collection with some great looks, but one that was frustratingly hard to pin down.
Graphic '80s elements, such as Polaroid-type prints, followed a long sheer chiffon dress in eggplant with '70s pleats, and thick bands of fur.
Long stripy scarves came alongside a tartan dress. And studded leather bustier tops with '50s peplums could easily have come from another collection altogether.
Gaultier explained backstage: "It was also the idea of patchwork, the patchwork of fabrics."
When interpreted literally, patchwork made for one of the show's high points: a sumptuous patchwork fur coat in panels, with a stylish cinched waist-strap. But in terms of cohesiveness, the collection remained elusive.
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