Goodbyes are always hard, but if you have to do it, take notes from Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show and go out with a bang. The designer presented his spring/summer 2020 collection last night in Paris at the grand Théâtre du Châtelet in true Gaultier fashion: part runway show, part concert and all party. It seemed as if the entire city had shown up to celebrate his sign-off, and they weren’t disappointed.
Here were the best moments from the show.
1. The show opened with a film, a funeral and Boy George.
The festivities kicked off with black-and-white scenes from William Klein’s 1966 French fashion film, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? playing on a giant screen behind the runway. Soon after, Boy George took to the stage singing a rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” while a crew of male dancers carried a coffin out. Karlie Kloss opened the casket to reveal Mexican model Issa Lish in the show’s first look.
2. All the top models were there.
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JPG was the first designer to welcome me onto a Paris runway, for his last ready-to-wear collection in 2014. Last night, all that gathered to celebrate his 50 YEARS & final Couture collection was a testament to what a worldwide icon and inspiration he is !!! I am so honored to have been a small part in your legendary creative vision @jpgaultierofficial THANK YOU for your warmth, spirit, and all the life and art you have shared with us. 💙
A bevy of supermodels and celebrities including Bella and Gigi Hadid, Paris Jackson, Karlie Kloss, Karen Elson, Irina Shayk, Liu Wen, Jourdan Dunn and Dita Von Teese were spotted in the show. The Canadian contingent included Coco Rocha and Winnie Harlow.
3. A cigarette was smoked and dropped on the runway.
French actress Béatrice Dalle casually smoked a cigarette while walking down the runway, posing before dropping it right on the ground.
4. The collection referenced Gaultier’s greatest hits.
Beloved Jean Paul Gaultier classics reappeared throughout the nearly hour-long show, from the Madonna-era cone bra to the marinière’s distinctive blue and white stripes. The show featured over 200 looks upcycled from previous collections.
5. Gaultier took his final bow with the entire cast.
The designer took to the runway one more time to celebrate his legendary tenure surrounded by everyone in the show.
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