Jean Paul Gaultier's concrete jungle at Paris Fashion Week A/W 2012
It is fairly apt that Alicia Keys descended upon Paris Fashion Week this morning because when looking at pictures of the Jean Paul Gaultier show I can't see to get her song Empire State of Mind out of my head! Likewise it appears as though the French designer also can't get New York, and Paris and London out of his head with the launch of his Autumn / Winter 2012-13 collection over the weekend.
Gaultier took all the edgy and grungy parts of Downtown New York, Paris and every other major city with a tonne of graffiti, and wrapped them up into one ready-to-wear collection. A mixture of sophisticated suits, graffiti prints and rock 'n' roll pieces, he was liberal in his use of black but not so much that it killed the vibe. He also worked in metallic graffiti patterns, and tough biker jackets were in stark contrast to the clean cut suits which featured loose-wearing grey trousers, tailored jackets and crisp white shirts. Eveningwear was electric with vampy black gowns with thigh-high splits and furry hemmed midi dresses.