“This is a homage to all the pop stars of the eighties who have influenced Fashion and My Fashion with their LOOK. Any similarity with real events or characters is purely non-coincidental”. Jean Paul Gaultier.
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Please welcome to the stage: Jessica Stam as Madonna, Sesillee Lopez as Grace Jones, Hannelore Knuts as Annie Lennox, Karlie Kloss as Boy George, Lindsey Wixson as Jane Birkin and Joan Smalls as Sade. Jean Paul Gaultier was the last show of the day, and morale was flagging, but by the end of the feature-length fashion show, the crowd were on their feet, whooping, singing and swigging their JPG Diet Cokes as if they were something stronger. A full-blown, unabashed homage to the 80s, first out the pop-box were five Grace Jones’s with black lips, black flat tops, black silk lapel waistcoats and black wide-leg trousers. Next up were three Annie Lennox’s in pinstripe suits and white shirts with cropped red hair and a blue-steel stare. When the Madonna megamix sounded, no less than seven Madge’s emerged dressed in her 80s wardrobe (check out her first ever magazine cover in 1984 for i-D here), authentically accessorised with giant hair bows, cone bras, black leggings and big hoops. The four Boy George’s were of the Karma Chameleon era with strong eye makeup and braided hair, slanted hats and flower printed flares. Three Michael Jackson’s wore the famous metallic red jacket, the crotch-pulling white pants, white gloves, black trilbies and the fan-fiction white sock/ black shoe combo. The Sade’s wore hoops, black sheer and fringed black dresses and Bowie came out to ‘Oooh FASHION’ in a star-man printed leotard with the right red mullet and blue eyeshadow. A score of other POP-superstars followed, then a string of high-heeled men, and the finale of all finales featured the real-life disco-queen Amanda Lear in a show-stopping pink-tasting ‘Number’. With miraculous hairdos from Guido, a soundtrack to get the Grim Reaper disco-dancing and a collection of clothes that will without a shadow of doubt fly off the shelves, Jean Paul Gaultier went way beyond the ‘SS13′ brief and made fashion show history. Encore, encore!
Text: Sarah Raphael
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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