May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL
Paris: From innovation to execution, Jean-Paul Gaultier is known for pushing the envelope. Notorious for being one of the first designers to put plus-size models on the runway, Gaultier took things a step further this season and opened the show with the highly curvaceous singer of band The Gossip, Beth Ditto. A rock-and-roll theme prevailed throughout the show, from the models’ spiky Joan Jett-inspired wigs and darkly rimmed eyes, to patent leather Doc Martens with the heel cut out. Leather blazers, motorcycle jackets and vests had a tough feel in both slouchy and structured styles. NASA themed prints were present on woven separates and a very loud jumpsuit that opened the show after Ms. Ditto’s appearance. Gaultier explored several other stories that fit in a little less with his bad girl theme, including tropical printed dresses, pin-up inspired lingerie and a smattering of the nautical stripes that are his signature. With pieces like trenches that were tweaked with delicate pleating and a devil-may-care attitude, the collection overall felt adventurous and inspiring.
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