Jean Paul Gaultier chose the Châtelet Théâtre in Paris to celebrate his fiftieth anniversary in fashion with a great Haute Couture show: his last show.
Yes, because with this Paris Fahion Week, the ex enfant prodige of fashion says goodbye to the catwalks, after also abandoning the prêt-à-porter collections in 2014, although – promises – " Gaultier Paris will go on, with a new project that I invented, and which will be revealed to you very soon ".
Too disappointing the frenzy that has taken the world of fashion for those who, founded the label of the same name in 1982, have shocked the industry for years by introducing men's skirts and kilts in men's clothing. The stylist, famous for having merged gender identity and thus giving more power to women, wrote an important piece of the history of costume with the famous bustier worn by Madonna on the tour Blond Ambition, in 1990. In October 2018 he held for weeks on stage at Folies Bergère, the Fashion Freak Show a show very liked by the public in which he recounted his 50 years of life and career.
Crowded theater, with a great event parterre which included not only big names in fashion like Christian Lacroix, Kenzo Takada, Nicolas Ghesquière and Christian Louboutin, but top models of the caliber of Ines De La Fressange, Laetitia Casta, Carla Bruni, Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon; the ranks of fashion critics are equally rich, from Anna Wintour to Suzy Menkes up to Spotted among others, Simon Le Bon, Madalina Ghenea and Mika.
On stage? Always models and muses, starting from Amanda Lear (impossible not to jump on the chair to see what legs Ms. Lear still has on her) e Dita von Teese, Rossy de Palma is Boy George, up to the French pop star Mylene Farmer.
One is the password for his farewell: irony. An overwhelming show, which began with a funeral scene, in which six models have a black coffin on stage / catwalk, at the grand finale with Boy George who made everyone dance with his Church of the Poison Mind; in the mess, 90 minutes of crazy and exciting fashion, made up of characters from the past of Gaultier, including models from the 80s alongside current faces such as Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Winnie Harlow and Karlie Kloss.
Hot-pants in cut denim, a floating dress with parachute printed in an Asian style, a corset made of belts, a monochromatic tuxedo with fringes and even a ninja dress with a feather headdress have made a unique fashion show destined to remain the annals. The curtain closes, but only on this chapter: word of the terrible Jean Paul Gaultier.