Jean Paul Gaultier Womenswear A/W12

Downtown New York gets fused with Gaultier’s signature pieces

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Jean Paul Gaultier is at the precipice of turning 60. But he shows no sign of slowing down as he turned to the heady paced grit and urbanity of downtown New York as the reference point for his latest collection. Graffiti printed dresses dotted the collection but that was about as clichéd downtown as it got – everything was imbued with the attitude of street meets smart. You can take the boy out of Paris but you can’t take the Paris out of the boy as Gaultier reconciled aspects of the two, sportswear meeting his own interpretation of high-octane glamour.

Graffiti printed dresses dotted the collection but that was about as clichéd downtown as it got – everything was imbued with the attitude of street meets smart

A red biker jacket was deconstructed and lined with leopard to go over a sleek grey suit, a 'jumper' tied around the waist would be worked into a sleek leather skirt. A pair of tracksuit bottoms was gussied up in taffeta and a hoodie glowed in copper lamé. Gaultier’s signature trenchcoat came as a button-up copper skirt or again, sprayed with graffiti. The concluding patchwork colourful furs and a skirt constructed out of a chaos of leather jackets were the pieces that you really took away from this New York jaunt.

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