Photographed by Gabriel
PARIS, October 5, 2005 - Jean Paul Gaultier's imagination spilled over into
the barnyard this season, with a collection heavily spiked with peasant/gypsy
dresses and pastoral- inspired panache. Sent down a straw runway in company
headquarters on Rue Saint Martin, the rising fumes created an organic odeur
that caused fashion editors to reach for their fans.
Interspersed in the melange were sharply tailored jackets for both sexes, and
delicate prints that appeared to have been inspired by the bucolic landscape
of Eastern Europe.
With Gaultier's hands full with his work for Hermès, and his own house in
financial restructuring, some analysts have openly wondered if his attention
might have been diverted. That mystery may not have been solved by Tuesday's
show, but the solid workmanship of the collection left no doubt that Jean
Paul Gaultier is a master couturier very much in his prime.