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Jean Paul Gaultier’s World Tour

Godfrey Deeny
March 06th, 2010 @ 1:57 PM - Paris

Guests got a tour of the world without moving from their seats at the latest Jean Paul Gaultier runway show, where the designer raced through a score of ethnic cultures to bring us his latest fashion potpourri.

His fall 2010 women’s ready-to-wear collection, presented on the evening of Saturday, March 6, opened in the Levant, with the opening model appearing in a Greek Evzone hat over a primary red silk dress and electric blue tights, her look finished by a pair of Aladdin’s slippers, revamped as high heels.

It set the tone for the whole show, a multi-ethnic romp that, while it occasionally felt like too much, had many moments of brilliance.

Also appearing in Gaultier’s United Nations of fashion were Uzbek Doppa hats, Uigur square hats, West Africa head scarves and Russian fur Ushankas, as nearly every model wore some headgear.

Perhaps the most arresting image was model Karlie Kloss in black fine wool trench coat, cut long and open below the knee. It was more like a party robe than a raincoat and came with bright green tights, Chinese floral silk boots and the sort of silk wrap hat a lady would wear to church on Sunday, if she lived in Mali.

Like the clothes, the music was sourced from many countries, Serbian gypsy airs, French accordion and Latin salsa all competing for show time, in a musical Tower of Babel.

Much of the collection had Moorish influences, like the elegant black Moroccan embroidery that trimmed gray capes and black jogging pants.

These past few days Paris runways have been chock full of fur, and Gaultier also showed some striking looks, in particular a café au lait mink bomber jacket. It had a hood, another big trend in Paris, where designers are reinterpreting the hood with a chic, new attitude.

Little surprise then that the show was picketed by a score of noisy members of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

“Gaultier Assassin!” they chanted both before and after the show, as security staff kept them on a traffic island as the audience slipped out of the designer’s headquarters. A rough headcount showed about 60 women leaving who wore some sort of fur.

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