It was fitting that both legendary actress Catherine Deneuve and designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac sat front row at the Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2010 Haute Couture show, as the two personalities perfectly mirror the always quirky-meets-classic feel to the Frenchman’s collections.
Unlike what I was expecting – especially given the designer’s past fiesta-themed couture and ready-to-wear collections – Gaultier’s couture collection was relatively dark in color, and austere in silhouette.
The collection wasn’t lacking Gaultier’s signature dramatic touches, however. There were avant-garde takes on a traditional turban, and models walking out with long, slim cigarette holders and violins.
There was a Parisian chic meets Auntie Mame flare to the collection that only someone with a personality like Gaultier could pull off.