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Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

Does anyone else find it weird that skipped the Jean Paul Gaultier couture show last week after including the presentation in their reviews twice a year since 2001?

I don’t believe it’s a coincidence.  Last season I was struck by a particularly venomous review of the 2013 Fall couture show by Tim Blanks.  Usually Blanks is pretty good at delivering a backhanded slap, but this review was just brutal and mean-spirited — the kind of thing that gets one uninvited.  He opened the piece with the line “Jean Paul Gaultier works a theme like a last nerve,” and then closed it with an even bitchier assessment of what he just seen, writing “Gaultier was once considered the one true heir to the throne of French fashion. But that was once upon a time, and that time has, sad to say, well and truly passed.”

Now I adore Gaultier and I would defend almost anything he does.  To me he’s Savile Row in a world of Bedazzlers.  Still, I don’t believe that’s he’s infallible and I also don’t believe that he’s incapable of putting on a mediocre fashion show.  But maybe Blanks crossed a line with his last few appraisals of Gaultier’s work. It happens — just ask Cathy Horyn.

Anyway, I’d really like to know.  If can show up at a Ulyana Sergeenko show, then they certainly can send someone out to review the Gaultier catwalk.  It seems so strange to me that they would skip it intentionally.


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January 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm

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