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Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall 2012: Male Models and Too Many Frills

Love them or hate them, Jean Paul Gaultier’s designs never lack entertaining theatrics – case in point, the final look at his couture show this season, a layered menswear-inspired wedding gown paired with an oversized top hat. Scratch that, Gaultier's entire lineup was a case in point for that statement. The top hat tied into this season’s 1920s Jazz Age flapper-meets-futuristic over-sexed robot look – inspiration points that we’ve seen from the designer before.

Interestingly, a number of the looks were worn by male models – and they weren’t even always menswear-inspired. Unfortunately, a good chunk of the collection veered towards gimmicky and overly adorned, but there was much to love in the few more streamlined pieces, notably a sharp shouldered long black coat and a black v-neck jumper.