PFW: Jean Paul Gaultier’s Roaring Finale In Ready-To-Wear


Le Grand Rex, a sumptuously decorated theatre in Paris, also known as the largest cinema in Europe is where Jean Paul Gaultier made his final bow to a rowdy crowd who were not ready to see the designer’s influence fade away from fashion week’s RTW schedule.

For the designer’s final ready-to-wear collection, Jean Paul Gaultier conducted a lighthearted runway show that merged perfectly tailored clothes with sportswear to make a dramatic statement, one where one’s wild side on the verge of breaking free solidly hold under the guise of a well polished nature. Asymmetrically sliced tuxedos stood for a symbol of sexual freedom, and although it may not be wearable on the streets without gathering a few odd glances or two, it’s a JPG signature with a touch of wittiness. The clothes were shown at their most vulgar and risqué, by a line-up of footballer wives which came after Rossy de Palma, a long time Gaultier muse whom rocked one of the designer’s infamous corsets in a staged beauty pageant.

A few selected well-established fashion editors’s unique styles were repurposed on the designer’s runway looks, from the likes of Suzy Menkes, Franca Sozzani, Babeth Dijian, Grace Coddington, Emmanuelle Alt and Carine Roitfeld. Sharing the various characters that inspired his theatrical yet memorable looks from the past and present, it made the perfect send off and while sporting his own beauty pageant sash, the designer makes his final bow to a celebratory roaring crowd.


Pictures by Yannis Vlamos for