PARIS -- Jean Paul Gaultier likes himself a Hollywood-worthy production all right. And that's exactly what he gave guests at his fall 2014 fashion show on Saturday night.
"Gravity" star Sandra Bullock might approve of a silvery, quilted satin zip-front skirt and matching top, and a leather biker jacket with a filmy organza outer layer studded with celestial-looking crystals. But plasticky PVC pants and a fur space suit? Not so much.
And in the Anglomania camp, Union Jack-motif sweaters and skirts, and tartan jackets and pants with zipper details had a certain spirit, if not much originality.
The collection was modeled by a diverse cast of characters (mohawked fellows, cherubic children, and silver-haired divas) in what has become a somewhat cliched display of fashion inclusiveness on the runways.
It all landed a bit flat, leading one to wonder why Gaultier must bother with a campy, costumey theme each season? Maybe it would be better to focus less on theatrics, and more on making clothes that meaningfully relate to the universe of fashion today.