PUNK ROCK MEETS CAN-CAN: Jean Paul Gaultier Goes Haute
New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn was all a-twitter over the dramatic offerings of Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture runway show. “He took all his obsessions with French culture, from the tuxedoed, cigarette-smoking lady to the can-can dancer, and combined them with the anarchic spirit that fueled his early career.” wrote Ms. Horyn, who despite being well known for her biting reviews, made Mr. Gaultier a prime feature on her blog. And while this description is completely accurate of the clothing… it was equally accurate of the gorgeous and inventive hair and make-up that sashayed down the runway.
Combining the “punk” aspects of his Joan Jett-inspired RTW show with a decidedly can-can French appeal – the make-up and hair was a show in and of itself. Make-up artist Tom Pecheux combined classic Parisian makeup – think red lips (MAC Lipstick in Russian Red), porcelain skin (Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Finisher) and black liner – with “a little twist” in which he high-kicked the cat-eye liquid top lidded line out towards the brow bone and left the inner corners bare. Using Pecheux’s description of this look as “chic” and “aggressive” says it all and equally describes the amazing hair!
Under the detailed eye of stylist Odile Gilbert, mohawks mixed with cornrows and pin curls, and a few feather accents must have been what reminded Ms. Horyn of Gaultiers early “anarchic spirit.” And under Gilbert’s estimation: “It’s a little punk, a little French cancan, but mostly it’s about elegance—and savoir-faire!”
You can check out a recap of this weeks other haute couture showings here!