Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear

Jean Paul Gaultier

Senior Beauty Editor Celia Ellenberg's take:
There were seven Madonnas backstage at Jean Paul Gaultier, five Grace Joneses, four Boy Georges, seven David Bowies, three Annie Lennoxes, six Jane Birkins, four Abba members, and seven Sades—seven!—which all but cemented the fact that the eighties R&B songstress is having a moment at the Spring shows. "It's a variety of eighties pop stars," Guido Palau confirmed, prepping a sea of wigs for different characters while elaborate mood boards hung against the wall.

"Sup-er!" a busting Gaultier chirped next to Palau as he examined Hannelore Knuts' fire engine red Annie Lennox crop while Amanda Leer had her hair set in rollers for a bombshell blow-out (Leer, it should be noted, was playing herself). "I buy them in new York and Josh Wood colors them in London," Palau explained of the elaborate hairpieces, pointing out that this particular Spring beauty moment was about Gaultier's vision, not necessarily any one product—except, of course, Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray. "You can't forget the hair spray if it's the eighties," Palau joked. Humor was on Stephane Marais' mind, too.  "It has to be lighter," Marais said of Gaultier's latest piece of performance art. "That's the way this house functions." He too was working off posters lined with tearsheets of a red-lipped Sade cover from Time and a Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie snap replete with aqua-rimmed eyes, among other things, turning out 11 different makeup looks in all—which included a few costume changes that kept stress levels at a high, although no one seemed to mind all that much. "The girls love it," Marais pointed out. "They just have fun."
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