Skulls, bats and infernal flames on Jean Paul
Gaultier's invitation hinted at what was to come at
his show: hordes of rough and tough Hell's Angels,
biker chicks and Mad Max warriors.
The stage was set with a dirt field in lieu of a
runway and gigantic speakers blaring hard rock as a
procession of gum-chewing, beer-guzzling babes in
combat boots, fringed tops and airbrushed, slashed
dresses appeared. Pieces of leather motorcycle jackets
and pantsan arm here, half a trouser therewere tied
over bunched and gathered skirts. The look was
relentlessly hardso much that at times the styling
overpowered the clothes. Nonetheless, under all the
madness there were plenty of wearable clothes, like a
gorgeous pleated lavender skirt, colorfully printed
shirts, leather miniskirts and layered tanks.
Gaultier's collection delivered two key trends for
spring: short, playful yet hard-edged dresses and
skirts, and aggressive biker-inspired leathers.