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<3 J.P. Gaultier's Spring 2010 Couture Collection

When I look at a couture collection, I want to see fashion as art. Something unusual. A quasi museum exhibition. A fantastical dream. An awesome vision. Most of all: A really BIG show. One thing's for sure: Jean Paul Gaultier knows how to put on a really big show with jaw-dropping pieces, and I have a feeling that he doesn't really care if not everyone is going to get it, or even like it. Rock on with your bad self, J.P.


As for his latest couture collection: I got it. Mexico was the theme. [Yes, a theme! I like it when a collection has a theme, especially when the designer gives a unique perspective on that theme and doesn't just reproduce it as is.] This theme is particularly endearing because I lived in Mexico for many years. I had to study university-level subjects on Mexican history, literature, culture. I've traveled all over Mexico...yadda, yadda, yadda. Maybe that's part of the reason why I fell in love with this collection, and appreciated all of the details instead of just forming an opinion on each of the looks as a whole. I rarely do that, as a matter of fact. I enjoy it for what it is, without questioning how wearable it is or whether a trend can be gleaned from it.


I can never get over the level of creative genius and the unique perspective this man has. Every detail was a little nod to something I recognized from my beloved Mexican culture, some more obvious than others: conquistadores, codices, pre-columbian reliefs, maiz criollo, la charrerĂ­a....I felt touched at the homage, flattered by his vision and amazed at the craftmanship.


I felt transported, like I was looking at an alternate Mexico. I don't doubt that if pre-columbian royalty were around today, they'd be wearing a few of these looks.


And I gotta say: I totally dig all of the hats.


As for French celebrity Arielle Dombasle? I immediately knew why he invited her to be there when I saw her on the runway...


...She grew up in Mexico.

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Posted on January 29, 2010 |

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