It was the most anticipated event of the Paris Fashion Week. Already about two hours before the fashion show, the crowd thronged in front of the “Grand Rex”, the legendary Parisian movie theater-style Art Deco chosen by Jean Paul Gaultier to say goodbye to the prêt-à-porter, because the French designer (who debuted in fashion in 1981) went there as a child to see the fountains at Christmas. Star, designers, journalists from around the world, friends, admirers, as well as the team of the maison … More than 2,000 people came to pay homage to “the enfant terrible of fashion,” Saturday, September 27, attending a show that will rest in the memory.
So in front of the Grand Rex cinema, there was the expected crush of guests and invitation-less hopefuls trying to get in, elbowing each other in their bid to get closer to the crimson halls of this sumptuous movie theatre as hundreds of rubberneckers stood outside, causing a massive traffic jam.
Inside, a concession served champagne and popcorn as a soundtrack that felt like a medley of his shows tracks over the years poured from the speakers of the monumental main room. Within half an hour, the Orchestra, Mezzanine and Balcony were packed to the rafters with late comers dashing to grab the few seats left. Unending flashes greeted the most famous faces here tonight. Catherine Deneuve, Boy George (who’d said earlier in the day he’d come in town specially for his friend’s professional send-off), Pierre Cardin, a cohort of designers like Alexander Wang, Anthony Vaccarello, Albert Elbaz and many, many more turned up for a show that could be nothing short of spectacular.
Finally the big red curtain rises, in a crackle of applause and screams, the music of the titles in the series “Champs-Elysees”.
Under a bright arc, appearing a dozen models dressed in marinara, with big wigs and white stockings on a grand staircase that leads to the footbridge crossing the parterre.
More than a show, it was a real show, what the creator of the most symbolic fashion of the 80s and 90s of the twentieth century was designed to present his latest collection of ready-to-wear for the spring-summer 2015.
Parodying the election of Miss France, the designer invites us to the election of “Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015”, as announcing the invitation in the form of tricolor scarf, which the guests have worn willingly and cheerfully on his shoulders.
The tone is burlesque, offbeat and quirky, with a touch of irreverence. At the helm, the presenter Alex Taylor English and Spanish actress Rossy De Palma, in the role of Geneviève de Fontenay, the famous president of the Miss France beauty pageant with its inescapable white hat and black wide-brimmed.
The curtain falls. But the public has difficulties to leave the room. In particular, employees of the house, attended numerous. They all wear a badge in the shape of a broken heart on the bottom of why marinière.
“The heart is broken because all this ends,” says one of them. The show ended a long time, but out on the boulevard, many fans still flock to the entrance of the theater … To tell you the truth, this story really does not end well, as Jean Paul Gaultier will find ourselves in the haute couture, where can express his talent.
“Jean Paul wanted to get rid of the prêt-à-porter to dedicate himself to this great activity,” says a FashionMag.com Ralph Toledano, head of the division ‘Fashion’ group Puig, which owns the French fashion house. “This change has intervened on a weighted basis, after a real dialogue between the creator and the Puig family. Any rumors of conflict between management and Jean-Paul is so pure speculation. The parade of 27 September in Paris there were many representatives of the family Puig, evidence that Jean Paul Gaultier continues. ”