Jean Paul Gaultier Thinks Andrej Pejic Is a Beautiful 'Modern Woman Boy of Today' and Did Somebody Say Threesome?

Legendary designer Jean Paul Gaultier was in town last night to celebrate the opening of Chinese artist Liu Bolin’s exhibition, “Lost in Art” at the Eli Klein gallery in SoHo. The artist teamed up with Harper's Bazaar to literally paint some of fashion's biggest designers (including Alber Elbaz and Angela Missoni), camouflaging them, as is his style, into their surroundings. Gaultier, obviously, got hidden in marinieres. And New York is just a stop on his US tour. Next, the designer takes off to Cali for the San Francisco debut of his own exhibit, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”, which opens on March 24 at the DeYoung Museum. (The exhibit previously made stops in Montreal and Dallas and will travel on to Europe later this year). Along with getting ready to ring in his 60th birthday, fashion’s enfant terrible is a busy, busy man these days. He recently succeeded quote-master Karl Lagerfeld as the celebrity creative director of Diet Coke and co-starred along with a debatably creepy marionette in a trifecta of somewhat bizarre videos promoting the fizzy sugar-free beverage. We managed to wrest Gaultier away from a lively chat with friends for a little talk of our own. He then refreshingly turned the tables on us by kicking off the conversation. (Suggestion: Please imagine this interview with JPG speaking in his charming Parisian lilt.)
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Legendary designer Jean Paul Gaultier was in town last night to celebrate the opening of Chinese artist Liu Bolin’s exhibition, “Lost in Art” at the Eli Klein gallery in SoHo. The artist teamed up with Harper's Bazaar to literally paint some of fashion's biggest designers (including Alber Elbaz and Angela Missoni), camouflaging them, as is his style, into their surroundings. Gaultier, obviously, got hidden in marinieres. And New York is just a stop on his US tour. Next, the designer takes off to Cali for the San Francisco debut of his own exhibit, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”, which opens on March 24 at the DeYoung Museum. (The exhibit previously made stops in Montreal and Dallas and will travel on to Europe later this year). Along with getting ready to ring in his 60th birthday, fashion’s enfant terrible is a busy, busy man these days. He recently succeeded quote-master Karl Lagerfeld as the celebrity creative director of Diet Coke and co-starred along with a debatably creepy marionette in a trifecta of somewhat bizarre videos promoting the fizzy sugar-free beverage. We managed to wrest Gaultier away from a lively chat with friends for a little talk of our own. He then refreshingly turned the tables on us by kicking off the conversation. (Suggestion: Please imagine this interview with JPG speaking in his charming Parisian lilt.)
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Legendary designer Jean Paul Gaultier was in town last night to celebrate the opening of Chinese artist Liu Bolin’s exhibition, “Lost in Art” at the Eli Klein gallery in SoHo. The artist teamed up with Harper's Bazaar to literally paint some of fashion's biggest designers (including Alber Elbaz and Angela Missoni), camouflaging them, as is his style, into their surroundings. Gaultier, obviously, got hidden in marinieres. And New York is just a stop on his US tour. Next, the designer takes off to Cali for the San Francisco debut of his own exhibit, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”, which opens on March 24 at the DeYoung Museum. (The exhibit previously made stops in Montreal and Dallas and will travel on to Europe later this year).

Along with getting ready to ring in his 60th birthday, fashion’s enfant terrible is a busy, busy man these days. He recently succeeded quote-master Karl Lagerfeld as the celebrity creative director of Diet Coke and co-starred along with a debatably creepy marionette in a trifecta of somewhat bizarre videos promoting the fizzy sugar-free beverage. We managed to wrest Gaultier away from a lively chat with friends for a little talk of our own. He then refreshingly turned the tables on us by kicking off the conversation. (Suggestion: Please imagine this interview with JPG speaking in his charming Parisian lilt.)

Jean Paul Gaultier: I’m telling him [gesturing to his friend] to see a beautiful play, which is called Gardenia. You heard about that play? It’s a beautiful one. They’re playing in New Jersey. I thought it was in New York, but it’s in New Jersey. Fabulous one.

Fashionista: Do you like New Jersey? JPG: I never went. I have to go. I have to go because it’s good, not only for the play, but I have to visit. Oh! No. Sorry, I went one time...I don’t stay for enough time in New York. I have to enjoy a little more, next time I have to take some more days because I am going to San Francisco. For the exhibition…

Yes, congratulations on the upcoming exhibition at the DeYoung! It feels like strange, because truly like I am flattered, but at the same time, when they had the idea to do it, I was like yes, but for me, it’s like, when you are dead you can have like an exhibition. But the thing was not to make an exhibition normal. I wanted something more like, not number one, first collection, second, etc., No, I make like a mixed all together [exhibition] to put in a different sequence. Thirty years. Thirty years of a different mix like that. It was quite nice. I quite love it.

Speaking of, we hear that you have a big birthday coming up. I will not part-eee, I will stay in bed in cry. [Laughs]

Gaultier by Liu Bolin for Harper\'s Bazaar

Gaultier by Liu Bolin for Harper\'s Bazaar

So, if your 60-year old self could give your 20-year old self advice, what would it be? Do exactly what you have done, be yourself, enjoy any moment because all the adventure I have, I don’t regret it. On the contrary, go on to your passion because passion is the most important thing. If you are doing and living your passion you can do anything.

One last question: what can we expect from model and catwalker Andrej Pejic’s starring role in your Kokorico men’s fragrance campaign? What I should say is that he has a role—an important role because it’s like a threesome, three people—he is one of the three. He is quite beautiful and incredible. I think he has something, like, everybody can recognize his beauty. It must be male, but not straight male, it can be women even find him beautiful and it can be gay men, but gay men maybe they don’t find this… (laughs, trails off). But in reality, he’s like, what can we say, like, a modern woman boy of today. He’s not like the old type of let’s say, maybe like a drag queen or a transvestite, not at all. He’s Andrej.

He is very beautiful. Beautiful light and he’s a very nice person and he’s truly great. I like him and I wish him the best success. He’s starting very well. It’s like everybody cannot, you cannot not be sensitive to his beauty.

He has a movie coming up, too! Definitely. He has two. Definitely.