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Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Runway Review

In a Tom Ford-like (or Victoria Beckham-like up until this season) twist, the presentation of the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 show took place in a fifties/sixties couture-like style with narration. Instead of walking to music, the narration included details like the model’s name, look title, and model's likes, and each walked out carrying look numbers, which back in the day served to allow clients to mark down the looks they liked. It may have been a bit time consuming, but it makes it a cinch to point out favorite looks — in my case: 1, 19, and 25 – all of which were pure Gaultier.

The collection, in fact, was brimming with Gaultier signatures including more lingerie-inspired looks than one could count with its parade of corsets and bodysuits. There was also pinstriped suiting separates done in countless variations, trenches, punk touches like piercings and tattoo-like prints that made their way onto stockings, leather separates, dresses, and shoes, for a collection that impeccably melted elegance with the tongue-in-cheek humor that make Gaultier such a unique figure in the fashion industry.