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Jean Paul Gaultier FW2013

Jul 09, 13 Jean Paul Gaultier FW2013

Since a long time the image of the “femme fatale”, introduced in the fall haute couture collection of Jean Paul Gaultier – the last of the great French designers, who heads the fashion house under his own name – had not differed a canon to such extend. Neither provocative, from the time of now classic conical bustier of Madonna, nor burlesque, whose living incarnation is another designer’s muse – Dita Von Teese, but sophisticated in Parisian way, hidden in small details. The image of a feline woman. A female predator with a grace of a leopard and elegance of a black panther.

Perhaps, JPG one of the few able to not cross the fine line that separates the luxury from vulgarity in working with stylistically dangerous “big spotted cats.”

Playfully cocked hats; tights with leopard prints combined with a classic restrained silhouette; wasp waist, accentuated by deep pockets, designed to create extra volume on the hips; noble velvet; minimum of leather and just a little bit of sheer; several flowing cocktail dresses – every next look harmonically supplements the previous one, lining up the perfect wardrobe of fatal temptress.

And the new muse of a master, whose spectacular appearance traditionally precedes the bride. This time this role was given to a famous French reality show young starlet Nabilla Benattia. Alas, we’re never been so far from embodying a French chic Catherine Deneuve, or from the talented albeit controversial Madonna. New time brings new heroes. And the heir of the Paris haute couture can only play by the new rules.

Photo credits: P. Stable / Jean Paul Gaultier

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