There is a lot of exciting fashion coming out of the haute couture shows in Paris this week. Some of that excitement is emanating from the runway of Jean Paul Gaultier.
Gaultier is taking advantage of the high tech fabrics that are being developed in Japan and Europe that combine unusual “ingredients” such as automotive metals with delicate silks. The results: materials that look airy and diaphanous yet have surprising strength. They offer designers a whole new way of creating sculptural shapes.
Expect to see a lot of pleating in the near future. Gaultier employed pleats in a variety of ways, from the narrowest pleats to the widest and from neckline to hemline.
Even a classic trench coat or suit can look intriguing again when created with these tantalizing fabrics.
– Paula Rath