Gaultier Couture Fall 2011 – A Catwalk to Sidewalk Affair

Wednesday June 6th, 2011 – Rue Saint Martin

Whether it’s Madonna, Yamakasi Ninjas, or Valerie Lemercier making an appearance, there’s always something unique at every Gaultier show. For the Fall 2011 Couture show, JPG had the infamous Libertine french singer Mylène Farmer close the show.

But that in it of itself was only a blip on the radar, as Gaultier ended the show with bravado, taking his models out into the street. The Rue Saint Martin had a block long red carpet, extending from the Gaultier headquarters to the Gaîté Lyrique for the launch of the designer’s newest men’s fragrance, Kokorico!

Pedestrians admired Gaultier Couture dresses with a streetside front-row view. Inspired by the Black Swan movie, the collection featured dresses named Cygne d’etang, a feather vintage sweater on a tourterelle tulle skirt, or Cygne Blanc, a 3D draped corset dress in ivory jersey. The show included many Gaultier classics, such as corsets and tuxedos, embodying the most sensual aspects of masculinity and femininity topped with humour. There were even a few elements that hinted of his days at the helm of Hermes. Nineties head-shaven model Eve Salvail made a runway comeback, looking identical as she once did over 10 years ago.

But more importantly on this bright Parisian day, Jean Paul Gaultier did what few if any designers have done in some time: he brought the catwalk to the sidewalk, literally.

See the photos below:

Photos and video:

Hair: Odile Gilbert

Makeup: Stephane Marais

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