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Jean Paul Gaultier makes a comeback to ready to wear fashion after six years of focusing entirely on haute couture and fragrances. He presented his last collection in 2014, and in January 2020 Gaultier announced his retirement.
When leaving, he made clear his vision of the importance of sustainability in fashion. “There are too many clothes and too many that are never worn. Don’t throw them away, recycle them,” he said.
The “enfant terrible” of French fashion continued elaborating the meaning of clothes for him: “When I was a child my mother told me how she would turn my father’s old worn trousers into skirts. That marked me. You can love a garment again by transforming it.”
“I have been doing that since… In my first show and in this my last there are creations made with the jeans I’ve worn,” he said.
This new capsule collection will drop online on 28 May. Gaultier collaborated with 5 designers to relive the iconic JPG sailor theme for a line called Les Marins. Among the designers are names such as Palomo Spain, Ottolinger, Nicola Lecourt Mansion, Alan Crocetti and Frenchman Marvin M’Toumo.
Each designer had to interpret the famous marine stripes and codes over 75 garments that will be priced between 150 and 750 euros. The products will be available in the fashion house’s e-commerce and at Canadian e–tailer Ssense.
According to the French House, the capsule arrives just in time for the LGBTQ Pride season. Bella Hadid features in the campaign wearing the new “unisex, inclusive” pieces. Despite Florence Tétier being the brand’s creative director, Gaultier has been stylistically involved in the project, so expect to feel every bit of the “enfant terrible’s” energy and signature looks.
*Header image: © Puig / Jean Paul Gaultier