Olivier Rousteing dazzled the fashionistas present at the Jean-Paul Gaultier fashion show, whose latest collection he created.
Molded busts of pregnant women
Since 2020, Jean Paul Gaultier has invited a young designer each season to create a haute couture collection for him. This year, it is the artistic director of the house of Balmain Olivier Rousteing who lent himself to the exercise with humor by questioning the question of gender, dear to the man in the marinière. Pointed breasts made famous by Madonna, but also feminine penis corset and molded busts of pregnant women: stylist Olivier Rousteing humorously questioned the question of gender with his collection made for Jean Paul Gaultier. It was men in tight-fitting, colorful or sailor-patterned jumpsuits, perched on strong platform soles, who opened the parade on Wednesday evening July 6 in Paris, something unprecedented for a haute couture collection which is reserved almost exclusively for women.
A virtuoso reinterpretation
According to the Haute Couture silhouettes of his exceptional fashion show, Olivier Rousteing has brilliantly revisited the wardrobe and the signature codes of Jean Paul Gaultier. A virtuoso reinterpretation to which he has also infused his creative touch through his own fashion details: bandages, neoprene, cutouts, sexy and a taste for excess. Jean Paul Gaultier, who bowed out in January 2020 after 50 years in the business, now invites a young designer each season to make a haute couture collection for him: Olivier Rousteing, followed by eight million fans on Instagram, is the third after the Japanese Chitose Abe from Sacai and the Belgian Glenn Martens from Y/Project.
The most “people” fashion show of the week
With Kim Kardashian and her daughter in the front row, near Anna Wintour, this fashion show was one of the most “people” of the week of Parisian haute couture, which ends Thursday. The rest of the show, where the corset with conical breasts by Jean Paul Gaultier was declined at will, was punctuated by the song “Sans contrefaçons” by Mylène Farmer. The “armor” theme is also reflected in the choice of materials, such as a fused glass bustier or metal parts. Structured, shouldered dresses bring a Balmain touch to Jean Paul Gaultier. A molded bust of a pregnant woman is worn with crepe sarongs. Another, superimposed on a female outfit, evokes the male sex.