One of the saddest days for me, when it comes to fashion-related sorrows, was the day the New York City Madison Avenue Jean-Paul Gaultier boutique closed in favor of coffee shop/boutique Nespresso. The Gaultier boutique was designed by famed design guru Philippe Starck and was truly like a museum displaying the creativity of two living legends – every inch of the store had something awe-inspiring. Gaultier has a creativity, edge, and signature aesthetic that makes him, like his boutique, stand-out from the other couture masters.
Fiercely creative, Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 2009 collection was a delight for the eye. Only Gaultier could pull off looks that, despite utilizing yards of fabric, exposed no shortage of skin for sexy, rocker-chic looks. There was a perfect balance between flowing, impeccably draped gowns and more structured and angular pieces which gave the collection a range of looks that spanned from uber sexy, almost over the top nightwear to fiercely strong and feminine looks.
No matter the look, the styling was flawless with wonderfully sculpted hair and headpieces to complement the sumptuously, delicate materials. Gaultier’s collection was a well thought-out, well-executed, progressive and cohesive collection and will certainly go down as one of his best.
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