On Wednesday, Jean Paul Gaultier returned to the home he based — solely this time, he was there as a front-row visitor.
After he retired in January 2020, the model stated it might hold its high fashion enterprise going with a revolving solid of visitor designers. The first of those, Sacai artistic director Chitose Abe, was meant to unveil her assortment a yr in the past, however the present was postponed twice because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s very strange. It’s going to be a new sensation for me, in this building I know so well. This is a part of it that I don’t know: sitting in the audience watching a show. I’m usually backstage, and I’m made to be backstage, so it’s going to be both very surprising and very moving for me,” Gaultier confided earlier than the present.
“I’m sure it will be absolutely gorgeous. I’ve seen a couple of things, but I gave her complete freedom. I didn’t want to see any of the finished looks,” he added.
Backstage, a dresser laced a male mannequin into towering pink satin boots designed by Pierre Hardy, whereas different fashions slipped on the second-skin bodysuits, that includes a print by Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Dr. Woo, that underpinned lots of the appears to be like.
While relieved that the gathering is lastly seeing the sunshine of day, Abe stated she was really happy to have additional time to work on it. “It’s a blessing in disguise in some ways,” the Japanese designer stated by way of a translator. “I’m really very happy with the results. I wanted the collection to be a real synergy between the two brands.”
She introduced her signature hybrid development strategies to Gaultier staples together with corsets, pinstriped fits and sailor tops, which have been spliced together with her trademark MA-1 pilot flight jacket and cable-knit sweaters.
“In fact, I didn’t even have to look in the archives. I had in my mind the outfits I wanted to reference: something that Björk wore, the plaid — I had all these ideas,” she stated. The Björk reference goes again to 1994, when the Icelandic singer walked the Gaultier runway in a Tibetan-inspired outfit.
Abe “remixed” the look to create an outsized jacket trimmed with fake fur and embroidered with stylized JPG initials, which was titled “I Love New Björk,” in a continuation of the home’s custom of giving every look a pun-filled title.
She performed with lengths and layers, including a gauzy outsized chemise beneath a pinstriped swimsuit, and remodeling a trenchcoat right into a tent-like uneven bustier robe. A black cashmere observe swimsuit, embroidered with the Dr. Woo motif, was obscured by layers of black tulle.
Some of the silhouettes appeared purely experimental, reminiscent of a bulbous inexperienced bomber jacket topping a equally poufy skirt, resembling two scoops of pistachio ice cream. Others hinted at cosplay, particularly the navy jackets and hoop skirts.
Abe referenced Gaultier’s custom of upcycling, with a coat and gown that includes a complete rack’s value of outdated Levi’s denims pinned to the again, and made blue overalls stylish sufficient to put on after darkish, together with her blue satin hybrid jumpsuit and gown, incorporating a corset high.
Plays on lingerie and tailoring produced a few of the strongest appears to be like, together with a corset gown with a trenchcoat skirt with deep folds, and a deconstructed pinstriped jacket with a single, articulated sleeve worn over a billowing white organdy shirtdress.
The playful lineup — set to Gaultier’s 1989 novelty home observe “How to Do That” — underlined the power of the home’s codes, which it’s relying on to rally historic clients behind the gathering. This freestyle remix will doubtless attraction to fashion-forward sorts eager to safe a one-of-a-kind collectible — although whether or not they are going to put on it or retailer it stays to be seen.
A beaming Gaultier jumped up and joined Abe on the runway as she took her bow, sporting a T-shirt that stated “Enfants terribles” — a reference to the expression that dogged Gaultier nicely into his 60s. “There’s basically two enfants terribles this year, so that’s why it’s plural,” she stated with a smile.