Cloth and Stone chambray button up // Shoecult booties // Zara skirt // F21 coat // Gifted (by mom) necklace // Michael Kors watch // F21 spiked bracelet // Dogeared circle and bar necklace // UNIQLO tights // F21 tiger ring // Dogeared 3 dainty rings // Topshop bobby socks // Michael Kors satchel
I've been depressingly trudging under an insane cloud of commotion over Jean Paul Gaultier's exhibit in Brooklyn so while embracing the lovely 50 degree weather (which I've progressively adjusted to as dance-inducing climate conditions), I boarded the D and 3 trains to finally experience the fashion buzz in person. After twisting my tongue several times and shamelessly searching YouTube videos on how to properly pronounce his last name the night before, I resulted in whispering his name while slurring "Jean" and "Paul" in a melodramatic French accent. Have you ever realized the pronunciation of his last name is similar to Gotye--the other artist known for his garrish and bizarrely artistic Somebody I Used to Know music video?
Enough of my kiddish chatter and quirky inner thoughts--let me just say that his work is crazy. I'm not saying serial-killer/here-comes-johnny crazy but more of an artistic genius that instills a social change within his work that is incredibly controversial. Nude, gleaming bodysuits with sardonic black beading in the yoo-hoo area worn my Naomi Campbell and cone-shaped bras with gold metal wires exaggerating the woman figure are just one of the hundreds of his bizarre pieces. When I say he's artistic genius, I don't mean to hint at the incredibly cliche quoting of museum-goers. To come up with such intricate works with impeccable tailoring is nothing short of creative.
What I found intriguing was how fascinated Gaultier was with inciting a social innovation that was the antithesis of the typical minds of men during the dawn of his career. He believed in exuberating a liberating confidence within women and really playing up on the women figure--hence Madonna's double-take-evoking, legendary garb. Gaultier head-on confronts the presupposed traditional stances on society, gender, and aesthetics through his 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles--crystals and vibrant feathers included. I attained a deep admiration for him especially after watching a clip of one of his shows featuring "models" of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicity. His appreciation for imperfection can be seen through his avant-garde, customized clothing...even if it does showcase an S&M inspired patent leather top with generous cutouts and crosses taped on your hoo-ha (don't make fun of my euphemisms!).
Want to hear something funny? I almost ran for the hills after seeing the chilling mannequins begin singing while reading a piece's caption. Pretty much 90% of them had interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. So if you decide to visit The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk be prepared for some unexpected singing and casual blinking of the eyes as you stroll past the S&M, black and red-lit collection.