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Jean Paul Gaultier FW2011

Jul 08, 11 Jean Paul Gaultier FW2011

“Cock-a-doodle-doo”: roosters scream in the morning. It is very unusual to hear such sound in the capital of haute couture – Paris. Even so, 16 looks in the press release of Jean Paul Gaultier Couture were named as a “kukareko” in 16 different languages. Under an accompaniment of a modernized version of “Swan Lake” models appeared on the podium. Feathers being the major detail (even fans given to the invited guests were adorned with black plums): pitch-black, beautiful, magical. Long-sleeved gloves and belts in a shape of wings. Men’s parkas, padded with down, which makes them warm and indispensable in the regions of harsh frosts.

Mink lining and Mongolian goat fur makes dresses and jackets obscenely luxurious. Skirts, stoles, hoods, and of course the bustier-dress. Shoes – pointes. Men’s skirts made of feathers, coats and robes attract attention as well. Maestro used leather, muslin, jersey, silk, satin, velvet and taffeta to create his designs, adding feathers and plums, crystals and metal pieces. The bird theme is very popular the season. Gaultier uses the “Rooster” image, but also the noble “Swan” and insidious “Crow.” In one show he managed to combine opera, ballet and high fashion.

As soon as the last model left the podium, the hall silenced in anticipation to see the arrival of a guest star, that has become a custom for the designer. And so she appeared, stayed still for a few seconds and stalked the catwalk under the sound of one of her songs – the marvelous French singer Mylène Farmer: in a black dress with a fluffy skirt, resembling ballerina’s tutu, a long train and a leather jacket. Words lost all meaning at this moment, and only a cry of admiration filled the hall.

Photo credits: P. Stable / Jean Paul Gaultier

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