Jean Paul Gaultier more or less guarantees theatrics everytime he presents a collection and that can translate into varying degrees of success. His Spring 2014 show was a knockout. The designer presented pieces that perfectly balanced art as fashion with wearable clothes. Butterfly motifs recurred throughout and ranged from the obvious (butterflies fastened atop a model's head) to the more subtle as when the shape of a shoulder mimicked the creature. Bodycon cocktail suits, eveningwear with dramatically supersized sleeves and a corseted dress made from translucent blue wings worn by Dita Von Teese were particularly memorable, and each model took to the runway with an elaborate head adornment.
Themed shows — especially when it comes to ones as hackneyed as cabarets or butterflies — can be cheesy, but this season's Gaultier collection was sophisticated and tasteful while being undeniably fun.