Pacific Jean Paul Gaultier – Spring/Summer 2012

There is a natural confidence and willingness to take risks that comes with the experience and success of couturier.  A daring to channel the dark recesses of one’s right brain to create unique yet wearable new pieces using a mix of materials, patterns, and prints that nobody’s ever dreamed of.  The French Breton-clad Fashion Czar had just recently kicked-off his international five-city retrospective Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier tour and was back in Paris to present his bold new collection on Day 2 of Paris Fashion Week.

In unconventionally modest Gaultier fashion, a modest Spring/Summer 2012 production featured an eclectic mix of tailored looks inspired by the Pacific West Coast, Southern French Riviera, and Scotland Highlands.  Californian beach prints found in a matching jacket, dress shirt and trouser ensemble brought back memories of 1980s Ocean Pacific.  Kitschy Hawaiian floral prints ripped from tourist T-shirts were reworked into dress shirts, trousers, and sports jackets.  Tailored plaids, window-plane checks, houndstooth and printed tweeds looked playful when mixed with jean jackets, floral shirts, and sneakers.  The styling saw sports jackets tucked into trousers, tuxedo pants replaced with shorts, and relaxed pinstriped suits married up with leather biker jackets and plimsolls.

An eruption of creativity and styling brilliance, SS12 Gaultier is about deconstructing sophisticated tailoring and having some fun with it.  Great finale featuring classic Gaultier Breton Tees and gingham swimwear.  Save me one of those doiley-cut dress shirts please.

Jean Paul Gaultier SS12

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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has developed and produced the first international exhibition devoted to celebrated French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier and the man himself was in town last week to take it all in.  More of a contemporary installation than a fashion retrospective, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk features 140 ensembles and numerous documents, is particularly innovative in the theatrical mise en scène and multimedia approach provided by UBU/Compagnie de création’s animated mannequins.

Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Photo c/o William Mazzoleni

Gaultier launched his first prêt‐à‐porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first runway shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is indisputably one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. Very early, his avant‐garde fashions reflected an understanding of a multicultural society’s issues and preoccupations, shaking up – with invariable good humour – established societal and aesthetic codes.

“I think the way people dress today is a form of artistic expression. Saint Laurent, for instance, has made great art. Art lies in the way the whole outfit is put together. Take Jean Paul Gaultier. What he does is really art,” said Andy Warhol (Mondo Uomo, 1984).

Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Photo c/o Natacha Gysin

Initiated, developed, produced and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to mark the 35th anniversary of the designer’s own label, this exploration of Jean Paul Gaultier’s creative world has been organized in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, which provided the Museum with exclusive access to its archives. Following its presentation in Montreal (June 17 – October 2, 2011), the exhibition will embark on an international tour, with presentations at the Dallas Museum of Art (November 13, 2011 ‐ February 12, 2012), the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young (March 24 ‐ August 19, 2012), the Fundación Mapfre – Instituto de Cultura, Madrid (September 26 – November 18, 2012), and the Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands (February 9 – May 12, 2013).  For more photos please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Digital Print c/o Stéphane Sednaoui

Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 – Men’s Top 20 Picks

Paris FW11 Top 20

Below is a list of the It’s All Style To Me Top 20 Picks (semi-alphabetical order) from the FW11 Men’s Collections Paris Fashion Week, January 19-23, 2011:

1) Acne – Jeans, Boots, and Mash-up Destination Themed Printed Shirts

2) Dior Homme – Jagged Neckline Sweaters

3) Dries Van Noten – Fur-lined Sports Jackets and Coats

4) Louis Vuitton – Motel Red Accessories (Glasses, Scarves, Bags)

5) Louis Vuitton – Belted Knit Herringbone Cardigan and Orange Gloves

6) Hermès – Chunky “H” Knit Turtleneck in Mustard Yellow or Baby Blue

7) Jean Paul Gaultier – Black, Grey, and Gold Quilted Leather Motorcycle Pants

8) Jean Paul Gaultier – Black James Bond Tuxedo

9) Paul Smith – Light Knit Cardigans and Offset Duffel Coat

10) Junya Watanabe – Nordic/Fair Isle Print Sports Jackets

11) Mr. by Roland Mouret – Single Centre Pleated Pants

12) Mugler – Padded Pants

13) John Galliano – Entire Suit Collection and Silk Scarves

14) Viktor & Rolf – Check Patterned Suit

15) Raf Simons – Patterned Sweaters

16) Yigal Azrouël – Knit Sweaters and Cardigans

17) Kenzo – High Waisted Pants and Patterned Sweaters and Sweater Vests

18) Lanvin – Loose Knit V-Necked Sweater, Slim Fit Pants, Shoes

19) Maison Martin Margiela – Outerwear

20) Yves Saint Laurent – Check Plaid Suits, Pants, and Jackets

Jean Paul Gaultier Men’s Collection Fall/Winter 2011

Ever the showman, for his FW10 collection Jean Paul Gaultier surprised the audience last year with a boxing match themed fashion show complete with a real boxing ring and two female boxers.  Insert Andy Kaufman joke here.

The FW11 collection was shown in Paris yesterday and it was clear from the invitations, that Gaultier had 007 on his mind.  The opening sequence to the show featured ninjas scurrying around performing somersaults to a remixed/dubbed version of the opening theme to James Bond.

Bond, Bond villains, and a even a Bond-girl care of Andrej Pejic, the prettiest man alive – were all part of a collection that featured a mix of classy Bond tuxedos, man-skirts, men’s fishnets, and neoprene scuba pants (didn’t we see these in Milan?).  Black, white, and gold dominated the catwalk and although a lot of the items were kind of out there, some pieces were wearable.  The various funky quilted pants and jackets, the finely tailored peaked lapel tuxedos, and even some of the more refined scuba pants with well placed ascents of padding were big hits and look great for a night out on the town.  Another great job Monsieur Gaultier.

Jean Paul Gaultier FW11

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