February 1, 2015
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Jean-Paul Gaultier
Paris, France – Spring is the season for weddings. And with that in mind, Jean-Paul Gaultier has created an entire collection dedicated to the most important day in any woman’s life. Titled “61 Facons de Se Dire Oui” (or in English 61 Ways to Say Yes), the grand couturier pulls out all the stops to impress including a cellophane and live orchids clad Naomi Campbell.
On each seat of the fashion show were flowers to uphold the theme of a first wedding. The models first hit the catwalk to the sound of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”. The audience immediately joined in with thunderous applause. Among the most notable (and loudest) members of the audience was the supermodel and former First Lady of France, Mrs. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The singer-songwriter vocalized numerous oow and ah sounds throughout the energy-infused show.
Piping is also a leitmotif among the details. We see it on the blazers, on the edges of the jackets, the dresses and skirts. They combine with the belts to create that consistency for which a collection must be known. The trench coat is knee length and left side in layers of tulle as associated to the aesthetic of the 1950s. The sides of many of the looks for the dresses, suits, and pantsuits were done with tulle on the side to replicate a half dress.
Gaultier then sent a jumpsuit with large shoulders. The long double-breasted coat that accompanied the trousers has HUGE shoulders. The jumpsuit then sets the tone for large trousers with flared bottoms and DRAMATICALLY HUGE SHOULDERS.
Le chic parisien is well represented through the black skirt ensemble with half sleeves all in jersey. It is worn with a white long sleeved top in gazar. The look is finished with a beret on the models’s head.
With all said and done, Gaultier gave the audience everything that it wanted. And he was rewarded with a shower of flower bouquets being tossed at his feet as he came down the runway with Naomi Campbell for one last bow.