Every designer has an inspiration for his or her collection, but few take their subject matter as far and as deep as Jean Paul Gaultier. He loves to play on the side of kitsch and shows some of the most ostentatious and bold looks on the runway season after season: creating one of the must-see catwalks consistently and essentially making him a natural fit for Couture. His Spring 2016 influence was that of legendary Parisian hotspot, Le Palace—a party go-to in the 70’s for people like Gaultier and all of his famous friends and muses.
Punk Queen Edwige Belmore was the motivation behind the assortment of 80’s power suits, the brand’s signature menswear-inspired tailoring, loungewear that we’d all love to wear outdoors, head-turning metallics, and vibrant colors. Larger-than-life curls on the models and sultry red lips were a nod to another icon of the era, Farida Khelfa, who just happened to be taking in the show from the front row.
Gaultier’s runways are always a party and this one was a veritable smash: jam packed with sixty-seven ensembles. Out of the gate, bedroom-inspired dressing was on the menu with long contrast-trim jackets that could double as robes, silky trousers, sumptuous satin trim, beautiful brocade, and embellished stripes.