JEAN Paul Gaultier sent glittering panthers and colourful clowns down the runway as the French designer tapped into feline glamour and Fellini-esque nostalgia for his autumn/winter 2013-2014 haute couture collection.
Gaultier, often labelled the bad boy of French fashion for his irreverence and camp sense of fun, presented a highly theatrical show as part of Paris Fashion Week, in which looks inspired by felines and Federico Fellini shared centre stage.
"Feline print has always been in fashion in haute couture," said Gaultier. Explaining that the look still had its "bordello" connotations, he added: "I tried to use it in a new way."
That meant mid-length coats resembling leopard skin, that were actually made from feathers. "It's like a chicken mixed with panther," joked Gaultier.
Gaultier, who has always professed his deep love of cinema, said the clown motifs were influenced by 'The Clowns', a film by Italian director Federico Fellini, and by David Bowie's 'Ashes to Ashes' video, in which the singer is dressed as a clown.
For those opting for a more sombre tone, the Giorgio Armani Prive show on Tuesday night, entitled 'Nude', featured fluid fabrics like tulle and organza in pale and subtle tones.