It was the fascinating India, with every tiny aspect of its marvelous culture that ended up tricking, seducing and playing with Jean Paul Gaultier’s vision this season, and so it came as no surprise that the designer’s haute couture spring 2013 collection carried most of the strong Mumbai flavor, showcased all at once, loud and crude. Bluntly representative of Gaultier’s challenging aesthetic, the line-up offered plenty of plausible approaches, but its overall effect remains a matter of taste.
It wasn’t the Indian opulence, nor it was its colorful, exotic livelihood that inspired Gaultier’s unsurprisingly eccentric fashion manifest. What the collection truly exuded was some kind of Gypsy relish, flaunted in all of its essence while breaking the rules, spotted especially in the alluring off-the-shoulder tops and in the floor sweeping skirts, all part of the same story, but a story that didn’t necessarily belong on a haute couture runway.
While intriguing and definitely entertaining, the line-up that took over the catwalk for Paris fashion week (PFW) had no clear direction and no distinct voice, but what lacked in concept was somehow balanced out in rebellious attitude. Vulgar or daring, uninspired or genius, the fun signature belonging to the “enfant terrible” of the industry was easily noticeable in the effortless mix of genres, accomplished without the loss of focus.
You can see all of the Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture spring 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree