When Jean-Paul Gaultier, who is incidentally one of my favourite fashion designers, introduced his collection of 19th century inspired fashion for this autumn/winter season 2012/2013, I was immediately riveted. I mean, the 19th Century is THE century for exuberance and style with a range of diverse textures including embroidery and lavish fabrics, beading and bohemian luxury.
The 19th century is also THE century for jewellery since women wore all sorts of jewellery, every day, in every possible way. They didn’t wear a bangle, they wore bangles and yet more bangles on both arms, many times over. They wore pins, brooches, earrings, chokers, necklaces, chains, pocket watches hanging on pins or chains, rings, more rings….all on the same day, at the same time. It was all off-set by the silks and laces, frills and flounces that made women rustle and bustle along in style.
JPG introduced the kind of theatrical styles that could not fail to turn heads on the catwalk as is characteristic of this enfant terrible de la mode francaise, perhaps also in a brave attempt to emulate the sadly missed Alexander McQueen, his late counterpart of la mode anglaise. It is enlightening to know that such high-end fashion will eventually leak out some inspiration into the high street fashion selection for us common mortals to enjoy wearing for our daily style trip.