Paris Haute Couture: Jean Paul Gaultier spring/summer 2010 collection
The 'enfant terrible' of Paris fashion also took inspiration from the Aztecs and 'Avatar' for his fantastical Haute Couture collection.
With giant sombreros, conquistador armour, "mariachi" music, and enough hand-tooled leather and cowboy boots to outfit an army of gauchos, Jean Paul Gaultier turned his spring/summer 2010 haute couture collection into a Mexican fiesta in Paris.
The "enfant terrible" of Paris fashion even managed to rope in the Aztecs, via Moctezuma-style turquoise, restyled as extreme corsetry, and paid homage to James Cameron’s sci-fi, box office blockbuster, “Avatar” with multi-plaited hairstyles, in the manner of the Narvi, Amazonian tattoos, and tropical, jungle motifs.
As songs by the Peruvian soprano, Yma Sumac, and the veteran salsa singer, Luis Marino, pounded from the soundtrack, Gaultier’s models paraded in fringed and silver-studded denim; bra-top feathered dresses; shifts embroidered with beatle-bright jewels or worn with metallic shoulder and leg-guards; and ball gowns woven, in the manner of peasant baskets, in ribbons of shadow-dyed silk and suede. Accessories such as palm tree headdresses and bags completed the exotic spectacle.
Gaultier’s show came to an appropriate climax with a performance by the French-American singer, Arielle Dombasle, in a red-hot chilli-inspired beaded corset and crinoline.
The haute couture season concludes with the spring/summer collection for Valentino.