Paris Fashion Week: Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 15
After announcing that he would be leaving the world of women's ready-to-wear to focus on his Haute Couture and perfume businesses, Jean Paul Gaultier showed us his final offerings with an over the top spectacle that paid homage to famous editors and his most iconic designs from his whirlwind career.
With the show uniquely titled, 'Election de Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015', paparazzi screamed at arriving celebrities and concession stands served up popcorn as Gaultier's designer peers, such as Alber Elbaz, Rick Owens, Jeremy Scott, and Gareth Pugh took their seats for the theatrical show.
Divided into sections, the French designer showcased his most famous works, from crystals and denim in 'Miss Femme de Footballeur', to the stylish Mexican wrestling costumes of 'Miss Lucha Libre', Gaultier had covered it all.
The Frenchman also displayed his tailoring skills in the 'Miss Smoking' outfits with his double-breasted/ mini dress fusion, while 'Miss Tour de France', explored the world of logos. Saving the best till last, the designer even celebrated ageless beauty with a group devoted to older models.
However, the true crowd-pleaser lied with 'Miss Redactrice de Mode' – a section honouring famous magazine editors and their signature looks. Magdalena Jasek was transformed into a young Grace Coddington and Chantal Monaghan into Carine Roitfeld, while Lindsey Wixson did a stand-up job impersonating Suzy Menkes with a quiff wig.
As for the "contest" finale, it boiled down to Anna Cleveland and Coco Rocha, – both sporting Gaultier's iconic cone bustier's – that were both crowned as winners, as gold confetti fell and the eccentric designer took his trademark running bow, marking the end of one very happy and memorable era.