Jean Paul Gaultier Returns To Ready-To-Wear
Exploring the latest Les Marins collection and revisiting his most iconic moments on runway
If you noticed an unsettling ‘The end’ post on Jean Paul Gaultier’s Instagram last month, you may have experienced a similar meltdown like millions of other fashion fans who tried to decipher what it meant. Now we know that the ‘end’ marked a new beginning for the Maison along with an exciting Ready-To-Wear launch. With 50 legendary years in fashion, Gaultier who is considered as fashion’s enfant terrible is acclaimed for his theatrical and inventive showmanship. After a six-year-long hiatus, the Maison reinvents its Ready-To-Wear line through the Les Marins collection that was showcased in a whimsical underwater film featuring Bella Hadid, Qaher Harhash and Omar Sesay.
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A designated website for the collection briefly described the summer drop that transports us to an aquatic world as – the Maison revisiting the myth of the Sailor so dear to Gaultier, starting with the iconic Marinière and the traditional US Navy hat. The collection is unisex, inclusive, collaborative and perspires of misty sea air.
Newly appointed creative director, Florence Tétier has marked the start of her time with this nautical-inspired collection that pays homage to iconic design elements from Gaultier’s legacy like cone bras, Breton striped and kitsch sailor hats that depict the label’s avant-garde spirit. Along with Tétier, five designers – Nicolas Lecourt Mansion, Ottolinger, Palomo Spain, Marvin M’Toumo and Alan Crocetti were also invited to interpret Gaultier’s design codes.
After its last couture showcase in 2020, looking at yet another spectacular collection shows us that Gaultier’s legendary fashion house is still at its helm. We couldn’t help but look back at some of the most iconic runway moments that earned Gaultier his reputation as L’Enfant Terrible of couture.