Buddhist-monk chic? In Jean Paul Gaultier's ethnic potpourri of a world, the concept is not only
With serene models wafting onstage in extralong
skirts, draped tops and flowing dresses with trains
that doubled as wraps, Gaultier brought India to the
Carrousel du Louvre. Skillfully blending eastern and
western influences, the designer deconstructed masculine
suiting to create a three-tiered silhouette of sharp
blazers, skirt overlays and straight trousers. Best
of all were his sunny ruffled skirts and ruched dresses,
which radiated positive energy.
"I've always been inspired by different cultures, and
I discovered that in Buddhism orange is the color of
peace and liberty," said Gaultier backstage. "I wanted
to convey a positive message of global communion." He succeeded.