De­signer Jean Paul Gaultier is re­tir­ing

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DE­SIGNER Jean Paul Gaultier is re­tir­ing from the fash­ion in­dus­try af­ter sev­eral decades in the business, as he says his up­com­ing fash­ion show on Jan­uary 22 will be his last.

The leg­endary fash­ion de­signer launched his business in 1982 and in­tro­duced his first cou­ture col­lec­tion in 1997, but has now re­vealed that his next cou­ture show – which is sched­uled for Jan­uary 22 dur­ing Paris Fash­ion Week – will be his last, as he’s set to re­tire from the in­dus­try.

Writ­ing on Twit­ter along­side a video, he said: “This show cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of my ca­reer will also be my last.

“But rest as­sured Haute Cou­ture will con­tinue with a new con­cept.”

In the clip, Jean Paul, 67, ex­plains that his fi­nal show will be “quite a party”, and won’t be some­thing to “miss”.

Speak­ing in French, he says: “Hi! This is Jean Paul Gaultier.

“I in­vite you to cel­e­brate my 50 years in fash­ion at the Théâtre du

Châtelet on the 22nd of Jan­uary. Com­ing?

“It’s go­ing to be quite a party with many of my friends and we’re go­ing to have fun un­til very very late.

“Now I am go­ing to share some­thing with you.

“This will be my last Haute Cou­ture show. Be there! You can’t miss this.”

The de­signer went on to clar­ify that al­though he is step­ping down from the fash­ion in­dus­try, his business will con­tinue to thrive without him at the helm.

He added: “Stay tuned. Gau­tier Paris will go on, the Haute Cou­ture con­tin­ues!”

But he played coy about his fu­ture plans, teas­ing: “I have a new con­cept.

“I’ll tell you all about it later ... all the lit­tle se­crets ...”

Jean Paul closed the video by blow­ing kisses to the cam­era.

He said: “To be con­tin­ued. Bisous!”

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