Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture fall 2016



Nat King Cole and Barbra Streisand among others once crooned... The falling leaves drift by the windowThe autumn leaves of red and gold ...

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And obviously Jean Paul Gaultier took it upon himself to take the autumnal palette quite literally for this fall haute couture collection 2016.  Or you might say extrapolate it all and say let’s go trekking through the forest in mid-October in haute couture! Make no mistake that this is a man who, with all his theatricality and humor, is still one of the premier designers of his generation and this collection proves it hands down!

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Forget the gimmicks, the models and the obviously show stopping creations ... look at the freakin collection this man turned out. There is no question, that antics aside, JPG knows his way around an atelier better than so may  who claim  to be so much fabulous and of the moment yet only produce hype. These are clothes that know no season and beckon a clientele of savvy women who unquestionably get it... yes get it, as in no matter the cost I gotta own it, wear it and hang it in my closet to covet.

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So very few will understand or be able to see the wood bark patterns, sometimes quite literally and sometimes not, then the leaves and the unbelievable details that speak to the season. The low key but perfectly rendered honey colored leather suit that screams of the JPG era at Hermes, a broadtail/astrakhan motor cycle jacket and that exquisitely simple but sublime black bomber over hunters plaid lined in sherbet green charmeuse. These are clothes that need neither explanation, nor any distraction as these are the clothes of couture at its finest moment. One must keep in mind these collections are for the customer who buys directly from the designer and not thru any retail channels.