Loungewear, mannish cuts, a strong Eighties allure, Jean Paul Gaultier has just brought back one of the most eclectic decades of all times for his couture spring/summer 2016 collection, adding a touch of almost eerily sensuality that will charm many of its viewers. The 68-piece collection is all about outfits, as each one of the looks is the glorious protagonist, leaving not that much space to those who are actually wearing it. Jean Paul Gaultier catered us to a theatrical collection indeed, wherein the designer’s tailoring skills literally grab the attention.
It doesn’t however mean that the women’s body is not enhanced by the clothing pieces. Quite on the contrary, instead, the French fashion designer put all his efforts into accentuating the figures, emphasizing the waists and the shoulders. Known for his uber-feminine hourglass silhouettes, the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture SS 2016 collection’s focal point is the waist, for which Gaultier himself set aside silky belts adorned with tassels and braided fabrics.
This surely helped celebrate one of the lineup’s major themes: loungewear. Wrapping his models up in cozy outfits, which mainly consist of robe coats and wide trousers, l’Enfant Terrible enchanted us with many structured looks that although exuding warmness and comfort, evoke a sense of sensuality and femininity that is freed from all cultural norms. Diversity plays a huge role within the collection as well, and could be seen both through the contrasting colors and patterns, as seen in the alternation of bold red patterns and pinstripe motifs, and through the contrasting styles, which not only reaffirm the designer’s consistency but also willingness to keep on challenging the (at this time not anymore) conventional views on fashion.
Eclectic as always, Gaultier made thus many of his models adopt what could be regarded as mannish looks, although often adding discreet touches of femininity here and there thanks to plunging necklines and pointy stiletto shoes. Besides roomy pants and robe coats, Gaultier also showcases a mini sleek dress and a few tailored cigarette trousers that just reinforce the diversity, proving fashion will always find new ideas to mix the best of both worlds.
As for the fabrics, the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture spring 2016 collection demonstrates richness in texture while keeping things light by embellishing many of the looks with glittery and shiny detailing. Silk and velvet appear to be the designer’s favorite fabrics, as he used them to create basically each one of the outfits. Although probably anyone would ever match such an intense and high level of sleekness with gold and glittery scents, Gaultier proved it might not actually be a bad idea, and just blended in all those ingredients together creating what could be regarded as an incredibly well-balanced collection.
Last but not least, we must point out how Gaultier managed to capitalize on his most iconic piece, the corset, without actually recreating it. He, in fact, just designed a fancy blouse with abstract stripes, along with a curious alternation of colors that created the illusion of a real-life corset. Speaking of creativity!
Photos courtesy of Vogue