Paris Haute Couture: Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 2011-12
It seems Jean Paul Gaultier picked up the slack from the loss of John Galliano this season. Not to exempt Galliano of his crimes, but the Christian Dior show certainly wasn't the same without his creative genius behind it. Gaultier, however, was everything we want it to be. It even set my mind on this path with the styling of the male models - something in the eyebrow was reminiscent of Galliano's visage.
On the heels of his retrospective at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, there was an air of the retrospective, and introspective in the JPG Fall/Winter 2011-12 collection. Inspired by Black Swan (and presumably, then, Rodarte) there was a balletic elegance to the feminine, and a pleasing antithesis in the masculine - on both men and women. It's hard to say who wore the three-piece suits better. Despite this dichotomy, I found this to be one of the more cohesive and consistent shows of the season.
Parisians also got a treat when the models took to the street in their couture to fete the new fragrance from the House of Gaultier, Kokorico for men.