By Marcellous L. Jones
February 1, 2014
Paris, France – In the post-show interviews that followed the presentation of Jean-Paul Gaultier’s haute collection for Spring/Summer 2014, a journalist ask the grand couturier, “If you were a butterfly, what kind of butterfly would you be?”
The look on Jean-Paul’s face said it all. Were he a butterfly, he would certainly have chosen to be one as brought to life in his new collection. That’s the logical conclusion as he was inspired by one of nature’s true beauty.
Color, brilliance, elegance and “légèrté” are the key words that describe what the master of ideas was able to infuse into his new work. He treats the corps of the body as the long, slim, and super thin body of the elegant creature. He uses the shoulders and the hips to add the expansive movement of a butterfly’s wings.
After a first section with devastatingly sexy silhouettes in black, color and prints are introduced as unbridled. Silk chiffon is used with carefully planned “wreckless” abandon. Together the two result in an intoxicating cocktail of enthusiasm and richness.
Huge amounts of crepe, lace and satin are also used to add varying levels of depth to the designs. They are best used in the pieces in which Gaultier works his magic on the large proportions that illustrate and mimic wings extending from the shoulders.