The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 3 of Couture Week

And that's a wrap, folks! On the final day of shows, couture's perennial showman Jean Paul Gaultier went back to ... Cats! Meanwhile critics felt Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren's first performance on the calendar in 13 years was more performance art and were definitely intrigued by Valentino's little shop of horrors.
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And that's a wrap, folks! On the final day of shows, couture's perennial showman Jean Paul Gaultier went back to ... Cats! Meanwhile critics felt Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren's first performance on the calendar in 13 years was more performance art and were definitely intrigued by Valentino's little shop of horrors.
From L-R: Jean Paul Gaulter, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf

From L-R: Jean Paul Gaulter, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf

And that's a wrap, folks! On the final day of shows, couture's perennial showman Jean Paul Gaultier went back to ... Cats! Meanwhile critics felt Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren's first performance on the calendar in 13 years was more performance art and were definitely intrigued by Valentino's little shop of horrors.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Designer: Jean Paul Gaultier

  • "With a delicious purr, Gaultier pounced back into top form with a feisty couture collection, proving that despite a couple of off seasons, he still has a lot of tricks up his embroidered sleeve." [Associated Press]
  • "Gaultier’s vampy extravaganza was a bold-as-brass tribute to larger-than-life heroines and superwomen. And big cats." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "It sometimes feels like things get lost in translation at the haute couture. Jean Paul Gaultier is a case in point: his shows are Francophile to the point of incomprehension." [

    The Independent]

  • "There was nothing much shy about Jean-Paul Gaultier's haute couture collection. Instead, 'sauvage' is probably the best way to describe it, not least because of the leopard spots stamped across everything from fur collars and cuffs to crystal embroidered flapper dresses and from a model's blonde chignon to her stockings and shoes." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Yet for all that, Mr. Gaultier’s collection was elegant, presented without showgirl tricks, give or take a curvy bustier supporting jiggling breasts or the designer himself taking his usual mad dash down the runway." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "With dresses channeled into wonderfully weird tubular patterns, and his Parisian tailoring, the technique was great, but it also feels like an old act." [The New York Times]
  • "Jean Paul Gaultier works a theme like a last nerve. Today's was clearly big cats…big lady cats, to be precise: lionesses, tigresses, cougars." [Style.com]
  • "There was classic Gaultier wit in a red fox boa that was actually crafted from ostrich plumes—and the jaguar-spot French twist updos." [Vogue.com]
  • "When it comes to couture, there are designers who do froth and frou frou and then there are designers who go wild. Jean Paul Gaultier falls into the latter category and was going especially wanton this afternoon." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "For much of the collection Jean Paul Gaultier continued with the new (relative) control he imposed on his couture last season." [WWD]

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Valentino Designers: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli

  • "Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli ... seemed to have pulled off their most eccentric and imaginative show to date." [Associated Press]
  • "Balanced high fantasy with earthly delights." [The Daily Beast]
  • "The thing about couture is that it rarely looks like anything the fashion audience would want to wear--too theatrical, too red carpet, too conceptual, or just plain weird. But then you see Valentino and the lust coming off that front row--and I don’t just mean the clients, the fashion professionals were practically drooling--well, you can really feel it." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "It looked like a particularly discerning collector's dream which sat well with the layer upon layer of knowledge--both technical and ideas-based--that ran through their extraordinarily beautiful and exceptionally refined show." [Grazia Daily]
  • "It was the amazing embellishments on display in this collection that lifted up a number of outfits into the realm of museum quality workmanship." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Really, this collection might have been more relaxed and youthful. Ms. Chiuri and Mr. Piccioli can create some wonderful clothes, and they have loosened up a lot in the past couple of years, but they seem overly taken with a young aristocratic angel." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "It's the Valentino designers' mastery of both extravagance and understatement that's the real wonder." [Style.com]
  • "In a world of show-off bloggers posing outside shows, a woman wearing any one of these would cut a sophisticated swath through the crowd." [Vogue.com]
  • "Absolutely beautiful as always, yet sombre and puritanical at the same time." [Vogue.com UK]

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Viktor & Rolf Designers: Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren

  • "Returning to the couture stage after a 13-year hiatus, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren used a raked Japanese garden as the vehicle for their shadowy, minimalist creations." [Associated Press]
  • "For their much-anticipated return to couture, Viktor & Rolf went zen." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Upstanding, such far from conventional forms were increasingly intriguing." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Gradually, as more models arrived, the designers put them together to meld them into abstract human sculptures, or the sartorial equivalent of the black rocks used in the Japanese garden. It made for a memorable living art presentation but as a collection of haute couture creations, it fell far short of the promise this show once had." [NOWFASHION]
  • "The thoughtful, clever show was a credit to meditation, a brainy chaser after a week of chiffon and crystals." [Style.com]
  • "Bolder couture one is unlikely to see. The undulating, organic shapes were all realized in a spongy technical silk." [

    WWD]