Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012

It is nothing new that J.P.Gaultier likes to provoke. For example, one of his last haute couture collections has been allocated for the film “Avatar”, the other – anarchy in the UK in the seventies. However, it is just poor witty moments, if you remember the creator of the ideas advocated in the early nineties, and his famous collaboration with Madonna and a contribution to her “Blond Ambition” tour preparation.

Michael Jackson, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana. . . It is just a few people who suddenly became a part of the history of modern culture. But why it is important?

The famous black cocoon, dresses of baby doll, cat-eye make up of Amy Winehouse have passed into history. I already can see bunch of girls taking inspiration from the her. Sixties look, connected with drugs and rock’n’roll, became a great inspiration for collection of the famous French designer Jean Paul Gaultier. During Fashion Week in Paris (Haute Couture in 2012), the designer presented a collection dedicated to Amy Winehouse. Was it in good taste? Although the collection actually successful, in my humble opinion, a little bit exaggerated. Especially the parents of Amy Winehouse were outraged by the show, using the image of her daughter after such a short period of time. I’m sure it was not just about grief and disgust, the money probably also played a big role. There was certainly a tribute to Amy Winehouse. I think this can be interpreted in many ways, but as we all know the death of the singer is still fresh.

Still, if this collection is not the same show and J.P.Gaultier weaknesses – blending originality and kitsch? We would like to see this work as an elegant, typical Parisian Gaultier show with one another boudoir detail, but sustains the mystery, many of which had the same Winehouse. But this time many models were not having any secret, but haute couture collection necessary attributes as well. It is awful to predict how his work will look like after a good 10-15 years. Would we have to look at them as a Halloween costume?

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