Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on October 04, 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Collection

One of our very favorite things about Jean Paul Gaultier is that he’s one of those rare birds who actually has a healthy sense of humor when it comes to fashion. Pair that with an innate theatricality and you can always count on an entertaining runway show. He revisited many of his signature looks and motifs for this collection: the trenches, pinstripe suits, lingerie, body piercing, and tattoo-inspired pieces. But we have to admit, it all seems a bit repetitive and rehashed. It’s always a treat for the eyes but we would have liked to have seen something different this time.

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Collection

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

      That first men’s wear look in the second row is DIVINE!!!

      • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com Kristel

        That’s my favourite as well. If I looked like that model (and had a mountain of cash) I’d so buy it. 

        On the other hand, that trench/dress/skirt/thing on the second to last row is atrocious. 

      • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

        Yes! Number 5! I love that as well.
         
        (Darn, those number card things are handy, aren’t they?)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1600050042 Jennifer De Guzman

        Yes! I saw it and instantly began musing how I could cut up one of my husband’s shirts to recreate that blouse.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

      I like the looks, but I can’t find any sort of theme or consistency. Like if you had two girls walking down the street, each with a diff. outfit from this collection, they’d be mistaken for The Odd Couple. 

    • http://twitter.com/CheriCPat Cheri Patrick

      I don’t understand the numbers-on-cards!  Were they supposed to go in order with each outfit?  Are there some outfits not shown then?  Or is it for a reason I just can’t grasp on my own?

      • http://twitter.com/JackieO JackieO

        It was an homage to the early days of fashion. Clients would order the outfits by the number the models would carry.

    • http://smalldog.wordpress.com/ C.

      I love the nod to fashion shows of yore when the models carried those placards!  Or maybe they still do more often than I think and I’m an idiot…  TLo!  Enlighten a poor minion?

    • Anonymous

      The very first outfit makes me think of ratatouille!  (The food, not the movie.)

    • Anonymous

      The New Yorker just profiled JP G in its recent Style issue: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/09/26/110926fa_fact_orlean

      He sounds like a cheerful genius, which is usually an oxymoron.

      • Anonymous

        I started reading it last night and I was going to mention it too…. I was really surprised at the profile, it was not what I expected… and the bit about dyeing his grandma’s hair color blue when he was a teen, was super cute…. 

    • Anonymous

      I like the suiting, the slouchy blouses not so much.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Yes TLo, I’m chiming in with shirab that you must be sure you read the article on Gaultier in the 9.26 New Yorker – it’s awesome just like John Paul. I agree that there isn’t a lot of ‘new’ here but there sure as hell is a lot of ‘fun’ and a lot of wearable pieces.  I want to go to Montreal to see the retrospective of his work. And second to last row, third look is the epitome of chic.  And I love the crazy forties hair.

      • Anonymous

        I love the forties feel too. It’s all very Crystal Allen, in a good way.

        • Anonymous

          Yes I can totally see that movie all over this collection

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I actually kind of love this. I blame the naths (chained nose rings) and tattoos. They add some fun to it all.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I actually kind of love this. I blame the naths (chained nose rings) and tattoos. They add some fun to it all.

    • Anonymous

      I love it – maybe some of it is repetitive, but it’s witty and attractive, and so many of the models are smiling! I’m so tired of seeing dreary sad-sack models in gorgeous clothes; I’m sure they’re instructed to look grim, but I find it so tedious and overly self-conscious.

      • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

        Yup, the smiling models sold me as well. They look like they are having fun, wearing awesome clothes and flourishing those number cards. Fantastic. So much better than the death march look of many shows.

      • Anonymous

        I love the models too!  Smiling and flirty – I actually caught the mood looking at the pictures.  I’m guessing that in person it must have been a really fun, high energy show.  I loved it all.  It is an uber-mix. 

    • MilaXX

      It feels like a bit of a mish mash, but I kinda like this.

    • Isadora Paiva

      I think “new” is overrated (everywhere in the capitalist society,but especially in fashion). I really like most of these, and a lot of the time when something is “new” and “different” I can’t help thinking “There’s a reason no one has done this before… because it’s fugly as hell!”

    • Margot Brose

      SMILING MODELS?! It’s the runway-pocalypse! :O

    • Anonymous

      Fourth row, far left. She has booked her boobs for cross country flights, each leaving from the opposite coast.

      • Anonymous

        Poor dears looked deformed. I can’t believe someone OK’ed the model to walk out looking like that, yuck. Hate that and almost everything in the last three rows. Love the retro garments, the play on mensware and some of the draping.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll take #20 please. 

    • Anonymous

      Yawn.

    • Anonymous

      The dresses in the last 3 rows have a distinctly Marlene Dietrich in “Morocco” feel, and the ’40s vibe in the hairstyles is very fun.  Can’t say I care for the bright blue anklets on #29. 

    • Anonymous

      LOVE the 1942 updos! 

      Maybe this isn’t a cutting edge collection, but it’s fun, and beautiful, and makes the models look like a million bucks — you know, pretty. Which is a sort of old-fashioned concern, I know, but wow is it enjoyable to see beautiful clothes on beautiful women who look like they love what they’re wearing. 

      But then I’m a sucker for anything referencing the styles of the mid 30s to mid 40s, which much of this collection seems to.

    • Anonymous

      He’s sleep walking these days. I guess he retired but no one told him

    • Anonymous

      Evan Rachel Wood, I think we’ve found you some cute options. Between her love of menswear inspired pieces and flair for drama, I can so see her in like half of this stuff.

    • Anonymous

      Mmmmm… Meh. A lot of it just seems busy.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      gaultier always does among my favorite collections & i always wait w/ breath fulla bate to see them.

      but you are right this time. it’s still, of course, one of the better collections out there this season but not entirely in the bated breathtaking sort of way it often is. still, there are a few wonderous pieces that, of course redux, i feel compelled to call out:

      blouse, second picture top row & the two blouses that follow;
      blouse, fourth row right;
      outfit, fifth row right;
      parts of sixth row middle;
      pants, seventh row right;
      blue dress, ninth row middle;
      much of the tenth row particularly the top of, but not the jeannie pants belonging to the brilliant green dress;
      the skirt or dress beneath the coat eleventh row middle;
      the tops of the first two dresses & the last dress in the final row.

      i guess thats a lot, but it’s all parts of outfits or even parts of pieces of outfits. & it’s sad cos those particulars are gaultier-stunning. but they dont quite add up to make the whole cake. it’s like he has all the ingredients but the flour. odd.

      edited for commas or the lack thereof.
      also to add: i do like the snoods. but kind of in a semi-ironic way. then again, thats how they were intended so i guess i just get the joke.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/dLUE.9h6zdoHMLprP6AQrSQpKt0CZys-#e58b4 tom

      I like the top dress and no. 35.  They both evoke the ’40’s but at opposite ends of the spectrum.  The 1st one looks as if it’s something that Paulette Goddard or Claudette Colbert would be swishing around in.  No. 35 looks like Joan  Crawford would wear in Mildred Pierce or a housewife ordered from the Montgomery Wards catalogue.  Not new and different but several things that someone might wear.

      • Anonymous

        number 35 looks as you describe, except for the origami folds below the waist which form a subtle square tunnel leading to her sweet area. i love it.

    • Anonymous

      I like a lot of things about this collection, but one of the most delightful things about it is how much of it I could see working for my body, and I’m a size 22.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

      Pretty, but not the visual treat and gasping that JPG usually brings.  I tend to bookmark his collections and revisit them when I need cheering up, but I don’t think I’ll be doing that with this one.

    • Anonymous

      I love the top dress. It makes me want to watch The Women (the original and not that ridiculous remake) for the technicolor fashion show.

    • Anonymous

      i really enjoy the styling, particularly the hair, how it’s the same but a bit different on each girl.  and the models are fabulous.  they all look like they are having a great time, smiling and sharing some sweet little secret, or perhaps an inside joke.  what a treat after suffering through the glum models on pr this season.

    • http://twitter.com/Neomeris Meredith Mollohan

      These are beautiful! Miss Green between 37 and 40 is looking a little matron-in-republican-Rome with the hair and the head drape, but still hot. Thank you for sharing these!