Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring 2013
by Melissa Tunstall
In typical Jean Paul Gaultier fashion, the designer went against the trend of the couture lines to have shown. Opting to leave the garden parties and candy-like sweetness in the dust, Gaultier’s designs transport us to India for his 2013 spring couture collection.
Employing rich jewel tones instead of the soft pinks and purples that have ruled the runway, Gaultier clearly and assertively conveys his inspiration and vision—and thankfully without sending one traditional sari down the runway. Don’t get us wrong, he comes close and elements of saris are in many of his garments, but the traditional garb most closely related to India never sashays down his striped runway. There are harem pants, patchwork dresses, and gauzy pashminas but have no fear these are done in the Gaultier way. What way is that? Oh, with conical bras and girdles that one would come to expect from the wild child of couture.
Drastically departing from his previous couture show influenced by the 1920s, Gaultier created and played off the exotic image of India. Jewel toned earrings and bangles upon bangles accessorized the gorgeous, striped column dresses or the black cutout tops paired with light white pants perfect for a resort vacation in Goa exemplified this vision. The line was definitely more high-end, less slum dog as is it should be with haute couture. As also to be expected, the tailoring of Gauliter could be described as nothing less than impeccable. Look no further than the blue dress that moved like water down the runway—complete with conical bra—for an example.
And again, it wouldn’t be a Gaultier show without a little non-fashion drama. This one comes straight from the Nutcracker: an Indian Mother Ginger. Sporting a hoop skirt, a model pulled up the front and four children ran out. Predictable? Gaultier? Never.