Designers reactions to Jean Paul Gaultier's last ready-to-wear show
Only Jean Paul Gaultier would stage a faux beauty contest to showcase his Spring/Summer 15 collection, marking his departure from prêt-à-porter. Among the star-studded guestlist was a handful of designers, fashion editors and celebrities, from his muses to his peers...
Catherine Deneuve told WWD, "I've known him for a long time and I like him a lot. I also admire him. He does things with extraordinary savoir-faire and always with a lot of imagination. It's really wonderful to remain so young at heart."
Balenciaga's creative director, Alexander Wang, explained how Gaultier has been an inspiration to him throughout the years, "I've grown up respecting and looking up to Gaultier. I've never been to one of his shows before, and I just felt like this was a very special moment, a sentimental moment. He's always pushing the boundaries, pushing the pendulum, taking risks and that's something that's very admirable in this industry - and of course, such a great personality. And you can really tell that he's passionate and has fun, and I love that about him."
Stating the importance of the designer's presence in the fashion industry, Lanvin's creative mastermind, Alber Elbaz said, "We're one big family in fashion, not just collaborators. It's an important moment for me to be here tonight for Jean Paul, for fashion, and for Paris. He represents a history of know-how and fun and rebellion and creativity, and all the best of fashion – daring and moving forward, pushing fashion and going to limits that sometimes we're afraid to go to."
Gareth Pugh also described the Frenchman as one-of-a-kind, "It's kind of the last show of an icon. It's sad and it's amazing, and I think he's not going to go out without a bang, so it'll be something to see, so I'm really happy and glad that I'm here. I grew up on 'Eurotrash' and he's always been in my consciousness. He's such an icon, so it's nice to celebrate that tonight."