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JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
Runway Report
 

The expression of Jean Paul Gaultier menswear is almost engraved in stone. You can bet you'll find nautical stripes and trompe l'oeil dandy detailing especially trousers that do double duty as skirts! For menswear he has charted a course using nautical aesthetic as the landmark. Of course, Gaultier isn't one to take a sailor theme literally even when he's using navy-and-white stripes. His distinctive hand shows in his fascination with India: this time with an ode to Sikhism. Yes all the models were bearded and turbaned... a proud moment for us.

The sailor theme was evident in flat square sailor collars—one even appeared in intricately beaded form on a black evening jacket! Printed short-sleeved jumpsuits had a vintage sailor-tattoo appeal and variations on button-front sailor pants included a Bermuda with a detachable skirt panel at the back. We loved the navy blazer with tone-on-tone embroidered tattoo motifs and the way Gaultier employed dark pearl studs to form dégradé stripes on a lightweight gray sweater. That's not all! The French designer also showcased Indian-inspired tuxedos that paired a wraparound jacket with drop-crotch pants or a cage blazer with a floor-length trouser skirt. 
 
Though we have tunnel vision, we had to review this show due to the Indian influence and homage to Sikhism... and indeed it underscored his commitment to the House heritage.

— JASMEEN DUGAL
Photographs — PRESS KIT

 
 
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