Jean Paul Gaultier is returning to ready-to-wear fashion, six years after stopping designing ready-to-wear clothes to focus on haute couture, the house announced on Wednesday.
The “enfant terrible” of French fashion bowed out after five decades in the business with a last haute couture show in Paris 16 months ago.
The house still bears his name and is owned by Barcelona-based Puig, and will work with rotating teams of young collaborators for new collections.
The first collection – which reinterprets its signature striped sailor tops – will be available online this weekend.
It arrives just in time for LGBTQ Pride festival season, the house said.
American model Bella Hadid is featured in the collections campaign, sporting the new “unisex, inclusive” collection “that breathes sea air,” the house said.
The creative team “relaunched” Gaultier’s ready-to-wear lines, he added.
Nicola Lecourt Mansion created a black mesh body, strassed with stripes, while Spanish stylist Palomo Spain designed a floral corset.
And the German house Ottolinger reworked the sailor’s shirt in a bodycon jumpsuit with distorted zebra stripes.
The conical bra made famous by Madonna has been reinterpreted by London-based Brazilian punk jewelry designer Alan Crocetti. Frenchman Marvin M’Toumo is in charge of “shellfish and crustacean” accessories.
The haute couture shows, also with guest stylists, will resume in Paris in July, a spokesperson for the house told AFP.
The first guest designer of Gaultier’s couture collection is the Japanese Chitose Abe, from the Sacai brand.
The podium was supposed to have taken place last July, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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