PARIS, Jun 26, 2008 / FW/ — We have been getting used to seeing women on the Jean Paul Gaultier’s menswear shows, and this season, the French designer brought them back not to underscore femininity but as part and parcel of the presentation. And while one of the strongest trends this season are the ‘female influences to men’s clothing’, Gaultier whose ‘Gaultier2’ touts having the ‘same clothes’ that can be worn both by men and women are all about being masculine for Spring 2009.
So, once again, it is familiar, the Jean Paul Gaultier we know with his masterful tailoring and imaginative color blocks, using stripes in the most unexpected places, proposing loose fitting trousers on the same runway that suggests pencil thin is in. Formal suits that even President Sarokozy will wear mingled with the biker jacket in leather.
This is the Jean Paul Gaultier we know; we are very familiar with him. Men’s clothing that are just for men… now, that is a change or direction for reigning king of French fashion.