For Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017, Jean Paul Gaultier narrated a Western tale full of rustic charm: flowered gowns and loose corsets countered with masculine silhouettes. Set in his headquarters at 325 Rue Saint Martin, The French couturier opened the show with sleek city shapes from the ’80s and his signature jumpsuit, including trompe-l’oeil pinstripes made from pleated ribbons. Gaultier then concentrated on the waist with sophisticated looks including black tuxedo trousers dressed down with an undone pink corset. Glamorously retro, the collection took a turn with strong figured silhouettes composed of bolero jackets and sombrero hats; patriotic red, white and blue, and floral prints ranging from daisy patterns to poppies and Hawaiian hibiscus motifs.
We took a vacation from the dazzling variety of looks and headed to the countryside in a relaxed series of earthy outfits. Garments married the best of feminine patterns and masculine silhouettes – an evening dress of nude ribbons on a rose organza chemise, or a man’s suit with gold sparkles and sunflowers. Gaultier always manages to inject a bit of humour in his work. His ensembles alluded to bucolic textures such as straw and rope, further enhancing our rural dream. Supermodel Coco Rocha closed the show in a effortlessly sweet cream dress with oversized lace shoulder pieces. She swung on a gigantic swing, before dancing on the runway and being swept up in a wheelbarrow by a hunky farmer in overalls.
Words / Sheri Chiu