Couture Week Fugs and Fabs: John-Paul Gaultier


You are seeing that correctly. It’s a baby doll. In a backpack. On a runway.

Note: We didn’t have the complete show available; for all of it, and in the intended order, drop by The Cut.

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  1. Mouse
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    Sheer sheer sheer sheer. WHY IS EVERYTHING SHEER?! Every. single. runway. show. Sheer panels. Sheer shirts. Model’s thighs. Boobs. WHY WHY WHY!? WHY MUST WE PERSIST WITH THE SHEEROSITY!?! The sheer horror of it all. I lament.

  2. Art Eclectic
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    I actually like almost all of this – obviously toned down and tailored for real people. Rich fabrics, exotic and feminine shapes, I’m in. Ok, the cone bodice needs to go back into Madonna’s closet.

  3. Stefanie
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    Im obsessed with the black and white stripped dress and the maroon and yellow swirly dress. I need to see these one someone this season.

  4. GFY Heather
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    That maroon and yellow dress is my favorite thing. I seriously pray someone I like will put it on.

  5. anabels
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    Slide 14 is more Patsy from AbFab than Sharon Stone. Tho Sharon Stone has been turning into Patsy lately!

    • KO33
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      Slide 14 is also Andre Pejic, the male model who does both male and female runway shows!

  6. Sandra
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    It’s all fug from here. Some of the fabrics are cool, but surely they’re just trying to see how bizarre they can be before somebody calls them on their sh!t. Also, children are not accessories. EVER!!

    • Lark
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      Hmm, tell that to Sandra Bullock.

      • Maisie
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        Wow! Awfully snide of you. Sandra strikes me as a very loving, devoted mother. The fact that paparazzi are everywhere and photograph her and son Louis while out and about . . . would you have her stay indoors with the curtains drawn??

      • Emma
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        Yes, that was a weird comment. The only time we see Sandra Bullock with Louis is in paparazzi shots, and more often than not she’s shielding his face with her hand.

        • Jessica
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          Louis is my favorite celebrity baby right now. HE IS SO CUTE. And his outfits are always adorbs. I love them.

      • Fuh Ugh
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        Team Sandra.

    • Kit
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      You know that’s not a REAL baby in the pack, right? And as for the little girls, I’m sure they had a blast.

      • Sandra
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        I am aware that the first model is carrying a doll; just be glad I saved my rant about the infantilizing of women and the sexualization of children for another venue. As for the little girls, it’s bad enough what the fashion industry does to its teenage models, which is tantamount to child abuse-and please don’t anybody tell me that they’re well paid for it and that makes it okay. It would be a better world if they’d leave the under-5s alone.

        I can’t comment on Ms. Bullock’s habits because I’m not familiar with them.

        • olaf78
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          The sexualisation of our girl children is real and horrible. These children were in no way presented in such a manner.

  7. Berry
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    The Madonna “dress” in slide 6 is right up KStew’s recent alley. Mark my words, we’ll see that on her at some point in the not too distant future.

    • lakin
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      Berry, That was my first thought as well. I think your prediction is spot on – KStew will be somewhere in this dress.

    • paige
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      Please dear god, no. I thought (hoped) Twilight would bring an end to the KStew era. I can’t handle her wearing any more obviously attention-seeking outfits while desperately pretending she doesn’t want any of the said attention.

  8. Trippy
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    I see an Indian influence in the jewellery/clothes. Well, some of them. Anyone else see that?

    • Lynn
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      The whole show to me feels like early 90′s multiculturalism. Here’s some India! Here’s some Africa! Here’s some Spain! All it needed was some kind of east Asian influence and a person in a cowboy inspired outfit.

      • Bea
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        “All it needed was some kind of east Asian influence”

        The shoes looked like modernized getas to me.

      • olaf78
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        It was nice to see all those wonderful, different skin tones. And a small variation on size was appreciated too.

        Those shoes look torturous. I want to see these clothes (after the first fifteen) without all the accoutrements of the show.

  9. EmilyAP
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    Well, I laughed out loud at slide 10, so mission accomplished.

  10. Dizee
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    So there IS a fortune feller in Crazytown. Good to know.

  11. Tiffany
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    I love the dresses on the little girls!!!
    And yes, I agree that the sheer thing needs to go away. I am bored by it.

  12. KO33
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    Slide 14 (“Sharon Stone”) is Andre Pejic, the male model who does both male and female runway shows. Love him!!

  13. Anna
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    I love, seriously love the “mosaic” dress in slide 18. Beautiful.

  14. Popcouver
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    “The babye”. I die. Genius.

  15. Sondra
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    C’mon, slide 6? (shoot I forgot the #) is just the skirt part of Princess Leia’s bikini outfit as a dress.

  16. Vandalfan
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    I disliked and disliked and disliked, and then #30 comes along and I’m sold and suddenly I need a flashy Ladypart Spiral formal. I’ll wear it to vacuum around the house.

  17. Lynne
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    “I want socks but no socks. I want their feet to be rainbow dreams but no socks. But the line where the socks end. And no socks. But blue. And copper. Make me ‘not socks’.” — JPG, probably.

    It’s all, of course, crazy but I can see how some of it can be adapted for real life purposes. Colours are gorgeous.

  18. Sarah Winningham
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    Gaultier invented Madonna’s cone-bra, it’s his signature piece, so it makes sense that he continues to reference it once or twice a collection.

  19. gryt
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    “anabels”: This slideshow made me think of AbFab too! Except I was thinking of when Edwina meets Christian LaCroix and she has the VAPORS. Haha! The whole thing is just so wonderfully Parisian and over the top and fabulous (down to those gorgeous black models, wow). The black & white striped gown is fantastic. Want!

  20. Suzie
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    The 90′s multiculturalism reference was pretty much sums it up– Miss Universe 1994 Pageant.

    • CopyChic
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      If the Miss Universe pageant looked anything like this, I’d set my alarm for it. It is so refreshing to see Gaulthier’s work. And to see women of different skin colors. It’s also inspiring to me that clothes don’t have to follow “rules.”

  21. Kelly
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    Going to a Jean Paul Gaultier show at Paris Fashion Week is SO on my bucket list. Drama drama drama! I totally was trying to guess what Fergie and Rhianna will snag up to wear to the Grammys!

  22. Kristen
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    I am so happy you showed their feet! I spent the entire slide show trying to figure out it those were socks or paint. I feel better not that I have an answer.

  23. Sal
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    There’s more praise for this collection than for Elie Saab? What is going on here??

  24. Sajorina
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    I haven’t watched the slideshow yet and I’m already giggling!

  25. Sadie-Ann
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    That last one is a Gryffindor dress. I want someone to wear it to a Harry Potter Convention.

  26. jean
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    Slide 12. That model is stunning and her hair looks great in the Marie Antoinette shape. And I think Swinton could rock a version of that. Or oddly enough, David Bowie if he still gets out and about.

    I’m surprised at how many dresses in this collection I do like. And I really love how age appropriate the little girls looked in their dresses, proving he does have common sense and excellent taste. I could see those dresses in a Royal Wedding if royal weddings ever actually had bold colors. Very adorable.

  27. CopyChic
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    Anyone know the name of the model who wore the bridal gown?

  28. Fuh Ugh
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    This is just WHAT?!?!?!?!?!? That said, at least the colorful scampering-from-under-the-skirt muffins were cute.

  29. Violet in Twilight
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    I can’t believe the “exotica” of slide 4. Those children (in fact the one in pinky red) could be going to some temple in South India. What exactly did the designer add if they are going to go globe trotting and dress up some children in “native” outfits…(bangles, oiled hair in plait, anklets, kohl in eyes, bindis, shiny material closely resembling South Indian silk ).
    The tailoring of the tops on those children is just as bad as I would get as a child from local tailor.

    Even the skirt-reveal thing reminds me of a old rhyme in native language that goes about girls playing and some dog barking when they want to go home, even it is a “twist” on nutcracker. Unbelievable what passes for “creativity”…

  30. ccm800
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    I love Gautier unabashed. Period.

  31. understateddiva
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    This was a perfect resfreshment after all the pretty, ladylike collections from Chanel, Valentino, and Elie Saab (even though they were lovely). But I was ready for someone to break out the DIVA!!

  32. Hima
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    Some of the dresses are pretty – but what the hell is all the naked in Slide 16? Is that a dress? That’s not a dress.

  33. hdew
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    The whole thing reeks of cultural appropriation. Not the best strategy for someone who was fired from his last job for a racist rant.

  34. May
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    Ditto Lynne’s comment!

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  36. cath
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    #30 (maroon/yellow swirl) was the first dress I saw pictures of from this collection, and I got all swoony and obsessed, which was surprising to me as I normally don’t much care for Gaultier’s stuff. Now that I’ve seen the whole collection, I can rest assured that I still don’t much care for it…. except for that dress, that dress!!

    #7 (white with red belt and black leggings) is just embarrassing to look at. It’s like a costume I would make myself for Burning Man out of an old pair of sheer white curtains (and I can’t really sew).

    #16 (purple loincloth hung from the shoulders) was probably made specifically as Rhianna-bait. She’ll rock it, too, but I’ll wish she hadn’t.