2012 A/W Paris Fashion Week: Jean Paul Gaultier
In true Jean Paul Gaultier fashion, A/W 2012 is a rocker chick's dream. Steeped in streetwear influences and a cult punk band vibe, the designer certainly had the underground on his mind. So much so, that everything from woven jacquard trousers to satin-sheen cocktail frocks were embellished with retro bright '80s-style graffiti prints. But don't let the urban-inspired designs fool you. Gaultier amped up his tough-girl outlook with altogether luxe add-ons and with a surprisingly ladylike polish. Think slick metallic accents, velvet gowns, ultra-tailored suits in even more exotic snakeskin iterations, colourful fur stoles and capes, and voluminous cinching. Most interesting to note? The designer's attention to "two-in-one" pieces. Take, for example, the bronzed trench coat worn around the waist as a full skirt or the dress turned cape — much of the statement outerwear doubled in functionality and in coolness.
- Trends: Menswear-inspired snakeskin suits, two-in-one pieces, velvet, graffiti prints, and luxe embellishments.
- Colours: Black, red, bronze, brown, white, grey, orange, and bright pink.
- Key Look: With Jean Paul Gaultier, it's always about the tailoring. His A/W '12 lineup of well-cut jackets, trenches, and trousers take the cake.
- Accessories: Wide belts, fur stoles and capes, leather gloves, and T-strap sandals.
- Who Would Wear It: Long-time fans like Madonna and Dita Von Teese, and an edgier style setter like Diane Kruger or Carey Mulligan.