May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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Paris: Gaultier was as eclectic and uninhibited as ever this season, showing a hodgepodge of mixed and matched looks from across the globe. No textile was off-limits: Fair Isle sweaters, cotton batiks, silk brocades, rich velvets, casual heathered knits, leather, fur — it was all there, and styled together. Layering played a central role in most looks, and the excessive piling-on allowed even the most far-fetched item combinations to look daringly intentional. Voluminous silk pants and frilly dresses were worn over bright hosiery and socks, and then tamed by belted jackets, vests and knit hoodies. Some silhouettes were body-con and sexy, while others were youthfully playful, but all were undoubtedly Gaultier — including a few signature pieces (like a cone bra dress worn by Coco Rocha). With inspirations that bridged across culture, season, occasion and age, the show had something to offer everyone.
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