Drug addict inspires Gaultier

Last updated 05:00 07/07/2012
Pete Doherty
Getty Images
KICKED OUT: Actor, musician and drug addict Pete Doherty.

Related Links

Doherty's rehab stay a PR coup

Relevant offers

Fashion

Best & worst dressed celebrities Lady Gaga: Another Photoshop marvel NZ Royal Tour: What Kate's wearing Best & worst: Wellington Fashion Week The evolution of a princess Kate Upton: 'I wish I had smaller boobs' Paula Bennett struts her stuff From Cabinet to the catwalk Kate's sell-out impact Rabbit fur hat fit for a duchess

Never one to merge into the background (remember the conical bra?), Jean Paul Gaultier, 60, pulled out all of the stops for his Paris Couture Week show.

The high priest of risqué French fashion brought the house down with opulent fabrics, daring mixes of caged leather and slinky fur and more than just a nod to the silver screen - and attributed his success to a rather surprising muse.

Troubled British rocker Pete Doherty, who last week cancelled festival bookings across Europe in order to fight heroin and crack cocaine addiction in rehab, is the unlikely inspiration behind the designs.

Gaultier fell for 33-year-old Doherty's character in Confession of a Child of the Century, which recently screened at the Cannes film festival.

"I said 'My God, he is so seductive, a decadent dandy'... and that's my collection," he said.

The collection is replete with glamourous rich velvet, soft fox fur, splashes of bright colour, vampire-like collars, netted caps and top hats.

Starring on the runway was androgynous Australian model Andrej Pejic, who stole the show in a series of form-fitting gowns.

Structured bodices, gold swatches, metal cages, floor-length pleats, acres of metallic silk, tassels and pom-pom sleeves made the line of one-off creations a feast for the eyes.

Gaultier, whose show started an hour late, said Fritz Lang's 1927 science-fiction classic Metropolis was his "original idea" for the show's theme.

And the display did indeed echoes of a bygone era of Hollywood - a touch that Bette Midler, in the front row, said was "lively and provocative."

-Sydney Morning Herald

Ad Feedback

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

What's the most stylish age for women?

In their 20s, when they are bold enough to try new trends.

In their 30s, when they've got a sense of what suits them.

In their 40s, when they're not slaves to fashion.

In their 50s, when they can dress to suit themselves.

In their 60s and beyond.

Style is not limited to age.

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content