Love or hate his aesthetic flair, you’re always guaranteed to see a fantastic spectacle on Jean Paul Gaultier‘s catwalk. Inspired by punk can-can, Gaultier’s looks featured elaborately braided hair, strappy cut-outs, leather jackets, Mohawk hairpieces, studded chokers (at times attached to a dog collar-like chain), off-the-shoulder ruffles, fishnet stockings, cinched waists, and plenty of ruching and tulle. It all sounds pretty unwearable, but in a refreshing twist, Gaultier presented one of his most accessible, clean, and wearable collections in recent history.
Gaultier loves the female figure and it’s apparent in his seductive, sharply tailored looks; Gaultier’s favored silhouettes fit his inspiration particularly well this season. The collection’s interplay of punk and can-can was best epitomized in the designer’s bridal look: a striped tulle and sheer floor length white gown accented with a black veil. The finale? A dancer doing the can-can and exposing the under layer of her dress, which was adorned with trompe l’oeil legs – unmistakably Gaultier and simply fabulous.