JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
FALL 2017 COUTURE
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.