‘Élection de Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015’

Paris: It’s not often the world’s fashion industry whoop, cheer and scream, but that’s exactly what happened at Jean Paul Gaultier’s final ready-to-wear fashion show – all turned out en masse to pay homage to one of the most celebrated designers of our time. Gaultier hosted a beauty pageant, complete with acts of his most famous work – Miss Smoking, Lucha Libre – with the biggest names in modeling – Jessica Stam, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss et al, sporting conical bras, bustiers, sequins, metallic leather and signature tailoring, accompanied by an equally iconic soundtrack of Prince, Grace Jones and naturally – Madonna. This wasn’t so much about the trends per se – though 90s branding and sports were both strong stories, but more about a celebration of his work, and a fun one at that. ‘Un spectacle’ would be an understatement. – Elle Hankinson

Silhouette: Slinky and sexy

Key items: Bustiers / Shoulderless cycling vests / Patent gold pencil skirt / Sculpted zip-up Loco Logo dress / Deconstructed tailoring / Oversize white shirts / Sequin striped cigarette trousers / Bandana leather top / Threaded bell skirt / Football varsity jacket

Colour: Gold / White / Black / Orange / Blue / Green / Yellow

Print & Pattern: Gaultier motocross branding / Lucho libre print / Bold stripes / Pinstripes / Florals

Materials & Knits: Silk blends / Wool blends / Leather / Mesh / Sequins / Embroidery

Footwear: Satin T-bar pumps / Court shoes / Patent ankle boots / Pointed platform courts

Accessories: Stetsons & buffalo hats / Belted triangular bum bag / Leather driving gloves / Rubber wellington boots / Sequined courts


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