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Jean Paul Gaultier Menswear Spring/Summer 2013: Narrating Passages to India

Jean Paul Gaultier Menswear Spring/Summer 2013

Narrating Passages to India

By João Paulo NUNES, London Editor

[Paris], July 14, 2012 - The debate about the runway show as the most appropriate format to display fashion collections is certainly not a new one and proof of its contemporary impermanent status is the fact that, over the last couple of years, its demise has raised more questions than answers.

Jean Paul Gaultier Menswear Spring/Summer 2013: Narrating Passages to India Jean Paul Gaultier Menswear Spring/Summer 2013: Narrating Passages to India
Photographs © Rainer Torrado, courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier
During the fashion weeks that have taken place in the major capitals of the world over the last few years, many designers have explored different formats to display their collections, from film screenings to intimate salon presentations, to creating static installations with models or mannequins, to showing exclusively for buyers. In spite of this plethora of possibilities, the runway show format has remained appealing for the masses that follow the glitz of the fashion world and are interested in the hierarchical spectacle of celebrity sightings on the front row. Most importantly, runway shows are cherished by those who still believe that the choice of music, venue, lights, models, and choreography can construct a highly stylised and even artistic performance that ultimately narrates the themes and inspiration subjacent to the genesis of a collection.
Jean Paul Gaultier Menswear Spring/Summer 2013: Narrating Passages to India Jean Paul Gaultier Menswear Spring/Summer 2013: Narrating Passages to India
Photographs © Rainer Torrado, courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier
However, when a revered fashion designer like Jean Paul Gaultier (someone perceived as being far from shy and who does not abscond from publicly shouting his sartorial genius) decides to forego a runway show during Paris Men's Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2013 in favour of a showroom presentation, the world of fashion takes heed. Whether the decision was made out of financial restraints or because Gaultier has chosen to...read more


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