Paris Fashion Week: Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1980s jukebox heroes

Fashion Critic

PARIS -- Madonna, Annie Lennox, Boy George, Grace Jones and David Bowie were on the runway at Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring-summer 2013 collection shown Saturday night during Paris Fashion Week.

Well, sort of.

Fashion’s original enfant terrible, whose amazing museum retrospective, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk To Catwalk” was in San Francisco earlier this year, decided to pay homage to his favorite 1980s-era music style icons, many of whom he dressed back in the day, with his spring collection.

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A giant disco ball, gyrating male dancers and a soundtrack of golden ‘80s oldies set the tone for the show, which featured models decked out like famous pop stars of yesteryear.

First up was Grace Jones in sharp pinstripe suiting and body suits revealing glimpses of flesh. Then came Madonna, blond wigs, cone bras, fishnet tops and all. My favorite section was an ode to the tomboyish style of Jane Birkin, which featured relaxed beige pinstripe suiting, a dolman sleeve jacket and slouchy wide trousers for example. A Sade interlude included some artful woven raffia dresses (sleek ponytails and over sized hoop earrings, of course). And Michael Jackson turned up wearing low-slung black pants, and that famous red leather jacket.

The scene: Like a nightclub circa 1985 with drag queens in the front row and a special guest appearance by disco maven Amanda Lear.

The verdict: Fun, but a little sadly nostalgic. Like a Las Vegas celebrity tribute show.


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