JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

FALL 2017 COU­TURE

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As summer waltzes into full spring, master dress­maker Jean Paul Gaultier, de­cides to con­jure up a win­ter won­der­land of sorts, for the pre­sen­ta­tion of his Fall 2017 cou­ture col­lec­tion.

Gar­ner­ing in­spi­ra­tion from far and wide, the de­signer as­sim­i­lated his best skills and tech­niques that made it hard for us to point at one par­tic­u­lar muse. We were treated to a plethora of tex­tured and knit out­er­wear, over­sized ski sweaters, metal­lic cropped puffer/padded jack­ets, velvet ski pants that fea­tured slo­ga­nary de­tails em­bla­zoned across sur­faces that read, ‘Santa Clothes’, ‘Anna Win­ter’ and ‘Be Po­laire’.

But what came as an un­miss­able sur­prise was a blar­ingly ev­i­dent In­dian in­flu­ence. Draped tu­nics and sep­a­rates fea­tur­ing broad and pow­er­ful shoul­ders and gos­samer floor-length dresses strongly mim­icked the tra­di­tional In­dian sari in all its glory – styles even had the trail­ing end cov­er­ing the top of the head in clas­sic In­dian fash­ion.

There was a sheared black rab­bit fur jacket encrusted with beads, a beaded Aran-knit sweater lined with mink, a quilted velvet coat that fea­tured ki­mono sleeves bal­anced out with crepe dresses that were belted at the waist, which fea­tured an asym­met­ric cowl and a velvet skirt suit em­broi­dered with snowflakes, which flaunted im­mac­u­late tai­lor­ing.

The in­spi­ra­tions were too much to chew on and to con­tain, but Gaultier takes his job se­ri­ously and did not fail to im­press by the in­clu­sion of de­tails such as Swarovski, beaded and pearl em­bel­lish­ments sprin­kled over tulles and knits, os­trich feath­ers and velvet flock­ing.

Struc­ture mar­ried fine tai­lor­ing in a shower of in­spi­ra­tion on a bright sunny day at Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2017 cou­ture show­case.

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