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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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

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

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...She grew up in Mexico.

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Posted on January 29, 2010 |

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