Buddhist-monk chic? In Jean Paul Gaultier's ethnic potpourri of a world, the concept is not only possible—it's inevitable.

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.