>> Puig, the parent company of Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, and Paco Rabanne, may soon be adding Jean Paul Gaultier to its portfolio. It has reportedly entered into exclusive negotiations for Hermes International's 45 percent stake in Gaultier and is also said to be purchasing some shares from Gaultier himself, which would give it majority ownership of the French brand. Last year, after a seven year design partnership, Gaultier departed Hermes to focus on his own line, a move reportedly expedited by the 2010 death of former Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas, who had championed the designer. [WWD]
If there's anything we've gathered from Paris Fashion Week, it's that Fall 2011 will be a season of ladylike glamour — and that theme is nowhere more evident than in the chic variety of handbags that went down the runways. Chanel put an updated, art-deco spin on their classic clutch, Lanvin gave us structured box clutches to covet, Jean Paul Gaultier sent out some pretty fantastic — and furry — rolling weekend bags. Ready to roll? Click through to see 45 of the most gorgeous handbags from Paris Fashion Week.
>> At last, the denouement: Fall 2011 Fashion Month is over and out. But before you get back to your regularly scheduled program, may we introduce our favorite shoes from Paris Fashion Week: there's lots of snakeskin, lots of black and white . . . and we couldn't forget those intricately laced Louis Vuitton boots — Kate Moss's pair apparently took four people an hour to lace up!
>> Over the weekend, Andrej Pejic walked for Jean Paul Gaultier, and backstage, he added that he may have one more appearance at a "big show" in the works. What else does he have up his sleeve? "With all this publicity, there's definitely been a wide array of options. Maybe a movie, maybe some stuff on TV. Every great high-fashion career, if you want to go beyond it, it has to be commercialized." And would he ever get a sex change operation, complete with breast augmentation? "Yes, if I was offered a Victoria's Secret contract. You'd have to, wouldn't you. I couldn't imagine doing it any other way, but at this point I'm comfortable with the way I am now." [Telegraph UK]
"As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor," Diane von Furstenberg said on today's Gayle King Show, "I find what he said was absolutely unacceptable. Having said that, I think he was provoked and he was clearly not in a normal state." When asked what she thought about Dior firing Galliano, she replied: "That's not for me to say. I mean, it is an unacceptable comment."
And backstage after his show Saturday, Jean Paul Gaultier said: "It's sad, because he was an enormous talent. Everything he has done has not revealed someone who is racist — quite to the contrary. With recordings, people can be made to say things that they did not say. They pronounce some words, but what is the context? The person [speaking to Galliano in the video] seems very assured, knowing very well what she is doing." He added that he hoped Galliano would return to fashion and "find an inner peace."
It's the kind of fun we'd expect Gaultier to have with his collection. This time a playful rendition of '50s and '60s fashion that had models tossing their their layers to the end of the catwalk, then closing with a striptease from French commedienne Valerie Lemercier. It's a presentation that's all tongue and cheek, models with graying bouffants taking the runway in belted tweed, jacquard, gloves and kitten heels. But, don't let the references to retro dressing fool you, this collection is just as full of the more modern, covetable plays on ladylike apparel. Fall trends in the form of leather pencil skirts, fur-trimmed puffers, a sleek trench coat, and slick suiting that celebrate sophisticated, wearable luxe.
- Trends: Ladylike dressing, fur, leather, graphic print, menswear.
- Colors: Earth tones, gray, black, a splash of citrus and green.
- Key Looks: A belted, fur-trimmed puffer coat and kitten heels.
- Accessories: Fur stoles, gloves, t-strap pumps, lace-up boots, pointed-toe kitten heels, and fur-trimmed suitcases.
- Who Would Wear It: The feminine sophisticate who craves luxury with modern sensibility.
Rihanna joins the mermaid hemline brigade tonight sporting this see-through ruffled Jean Paul Gaultier gown. She's the chameleon of beauty, and tonight's look does not disappoint. In lieu of the voluminous, crimped coiffure she's been sporting these days, she toned it down with a softly tousled bob; her violet-toned makeup stands out against her white dress. We all know Rihanna is a risk-taker, but does this risqué look pay off?
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>> Jean Paul Gaultier was all about classic with a twist for his Pre-Fall 2011 collection. The twist — edgy embellishments — came in the form of double waistband trousers, ruched pinstriped blazers, and zipper-adorned fur coats. However, the collection's piece de resistance was a double-duty red dress, which can be transformed into a long gown or short cocktail dress by simply unhooking a loop.
Paris Couture Week just wrapped up, and once again the collections were awe-inspiring. Elie Saab showed an array of gorgeous gowns perfect for red carpets. John Galliano showed us how seductive a ladylike woman can be, while Jean Paul Gaultier explored the sassier side of femininity. Karl Lagerfeld went all out in a collection that seemed to walk out of a fairytale. Couture lets our favorite designers' imaginations run wild; the result being collections that are wonderfully bizarre or magnificently gorgeous, or both. For fashion lovers, couture is like candy. Here are our very delicious highlights from Spring 2011's couture collections, so click and enjoy.