Jean Paul Gaultier label returns to ready-to-wear fashion

The new Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear collection reinterpretsthe designer’s trademark striped sailor tops.
The new Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear collection reinterpretsthe designer’s trademark striped sailor tops.PHOTO: JPGAULTIER OFFICIAL/INSTAGRAM

PARIS • Jean Paul Gaultier the label is returning to ready-to-wear fashion, six years after the designer stopped putting out off-the-peg clothes to focus on haute couture, the house said on Wednesday.

The "enfant terrible" of French fashion bowed out after five decades in the business with a final Paris haute couture show 16 months ago.

The house still bears his name and is owned by Barcelona-based Puig. It will work with rotating teams of young collaborators for the new collections.

The first collection - which reinterprets his trademark striped sailor tops - will be available online at the end of the week.

It arrives just in time for the LGBTQ Pride festival season, the house said.

American model Bella Hadid features in the campaign, sporting the new "unisex, inclusive" collection "that exudes sea air", the label added.

The creative team has revived Gaultier's ready-to-wear lines, it said.

French designer Nicola Lecourt Mansion has created a black body mesh, strass with stripes, while Spanish stylist Palomo Spain designed a floral corset.

And German house Ottolinger has reworked the sailor shirt in a tight-fitting jumpsuit with distorted zebra stripes.

The conical bra made famous by singer Madonna has been reinterpreted by London-based Brazilian punk jewellery designer Alan Crocetti.

Frenchman Marvin M'Toumo is in charge of the "shellfish and crustaceans" accessories.

The haute couture shows, also with guest stylists, will resume in Paris in July, a spokesman for the house said. The first guest designer for Gaultier's couture collection is Japan's Chitose Abe of the Sacai brand.

The catwalk was supposed to have taken place last July, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2021, with the headline 'Jean Paul Gaultier label returns to ready-to-wear fashion'. Subscribe