PARIS--Jean-Paul Gaultier’s couture shows are always incredibly fun. Not only is the production grandiose, but the crème de la crème of Paris is always there, too--Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Goude, you name it.
This time, the designer, who has always celebrated pop culture, decided to pay homage to the late Amy Winehouse, whose bold personality and rock and roll Barbie figure became an emblem of London. The show kicked off with a live, acapella doo wop band performed the singers’ hits.
Models marched down in giant beehives, cigarettes in hand, upper lip piercings, too much eyeliner and frightful stares.
The clothes, like Winehouse, were a mix of femme fatale and street wear, merging silk, corsets, platforms, as well as giant hoodies, Fred Perry-esque polo tops and baseball jackets.
Visible bra straps, lacy lingerie, dressing gowns and oversized macs added the raunchy, fearless mood of the show, and demonstrated the designer's talent at hijacking the eternal feminine. “You know I’m no good,” indeed.