Monsieur Couture – For his fall 2012 couture collection, designer Jean Paul Gaultier was inspired by the work of poet Alfred de Musset–”Confession of a Child of the Century”, which tells the 19th century story of a man in love with a woman who wears menswear clothing. This influence resulted in a collection of androgynous ensembles featuring top hats, tuxedo jackets, lush furs, art-deco inspired prints and sheer chiffons. A color palette of mostly black with the rare metallic, neutral or jewel toned hue set the stage for an ostentatious showing of pure glamour and elegance. The balance between the masculine and the feminine did not just stop with sharply tailored suits, but could be seen in the juxtaposition of leather vests with sheer tops. For the finale, the show’s “bride” skipped a traditional gown for an ivory jacket matched and matching voluminous skirt.
Tattoo You – After being named the new creative director of Diet Coke, Jean Paul Gaultier revealed two stylish bottles modeled after night and day themes. Now, the highly anticipated third bottle is out, featuring a risqué and cheeky tattoo design. The new bottle is available in Europe starting this month with a campaign shot by Stephane Sednaoui.
The Urbanista – Karlie Kloss gets seductive for the fall 2012 campaign from French label Jean Paul Gaultier. Photographed by Willy Vandeperre in the iconic Parisian district called “Les Frigos”, Karlie poses in front of a graffitied background clad in sensuous black ensembles.
Fashion Pop – After naming Jean Paul Gaultier the new creative director of Diet Coke, the soda brand unveils new bottle designs and a campaign featuring Gaultier’s signature flair. The advertisements photographed by Stephane Sednaoui feature bottles with nautical stripes and corset silhouettes for a play on the night and day theme. The bottles are available across nine countries in Europe starting this month and a third limited-edition bottle will be launched later in the year. Check out the rest of the cheeky campaign under the cut.
Gaultier’s Graffiti Fall – Jean Paul Gaultier was out in full riotous form for his namesake label’s fall 2012 showing presented during Paris Fashion Week. Inspired by the eighties power dressing with a few elements of punk thrown in, the autumn season was steeped in sharp tailoring and bold, graffiti style prints. The spray paint theme was even present in the models’ hair where straight tresses were airbrushed various colors near the root. Fun patterns contrasted against layers of sexy suiting and coats embellished with rich fur, metallic fabrics and leather. Despite the retro influence, the Gaultier woman strikes a perfect balance between sophistication and youth for the upcoming autumn.
The New Look – The March edition of Elle China marks a relaunch of the publication with the magazine going semi-monthly, giving double the number of issues and fashion. With its new look, Elle enlists the talent of designer Jean Paul Gaultier and Chinese top models Shu Pei and Kiki Kang. Gaultier styled the two girls with his own creations as well as other designers’ pieces. In front of Mark Pillai’s lens, the girls look like retro pin-ups with a rock and roll twist in the form of tattoo sleeves and bold makeup.
Gaultier’s Ode to Amy – Walking to his own beat, Jean Paul Gaultier did not present an array of gowns for his spring 2012 haute couture show, but instead offered an ode to late singer Amy Winehouse with a collection of tailored jackets, form-fitting skirts and bustiers. Models wore Winehouse’s signature beehive and had cigarettes in hand as they strutted down the runway with the singer’s tunes playing in the background. The color palette was a somber black with splashes of citrus and lime to reveal lacy undergarments, silk dresses and belted waists.
Designer Moda – Designer Jean Paul Gaultier poses alongside Spanish actress Victoria Abril for the December 24th cover shoot of S Moda. The pair is well known for their collaboration on Pedro Almodóvar’s 1993 film, Kika, which stars Abril in costumes created by the French designer. Photographed by Stephane Gallos with styling by Francesca Rinciari, Victoria and Jean Paul have a playful energy in a classic setting.
Gaultier’s Show of Skin – For spring 2012, it was clear that Jean Paul Gaultier had tattoos on the brain with models walking the runway in tattoo-mimicking stockings and prints. Dramatic piercings on the face and ears also brought a sense of edginess to the French designer’s classic silhouettes and sharp tailoring. Adding pops of chartreuse, sky blue and citrus orange to a cool palette, the Gaultier woman donned a cinched waist, slouchy tops and sheer fabrics for the new season.
Ultra Gaultier – Frida Gustavsson dons mesmerizing haute couture garments from the archive of Jean Paul Gaultier in this sharp Stil Magazine editorial lensed by David K. Shields. Fashion editor Alina Caraman’s selects exemplify Gaultier’s fashion forward yet classic elegance. Always darling, Frida goes from fun to sexy with dramatic make-up and a variety of complementary hair styles.