Who does retro better than Dita Von Teese? She is practically a walking billboard for old Hollywood glamour and constantly inspires me to get dressed up no matter what the occasion.
She was seen at the 2011 Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Gala in Los Angeles rocking a look from almost ten years ago: a black and nude velvet corseted gown with a one-shoulder cape from Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2002 Couture Collection. Jewels from Bvlgari, a cherry red lip and flawless hair provided the perfect complements. I love that she revisited the genius of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2002 Couture collection. I hope that more celebrities and “It” girls with style prowess will be bold enough to pull from the past and show that wearing current collections isn’t a necessity.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2002 Couture collection was all about romance and the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine: two of his signatures. Each look was incredibly seductive and sensual from Omahyra Mota in menswear-inspired suiting to Alek Wek in the most luxurious velvet gown. It is interesting to think about the idea today of ready to wear taking on aspects of couture and that can definitely be seen here. I see so much of Stella McCartney’s current collections here, showing just how influential Monsieur Gaultier is and how ahead of his time he has been from the start.
What really stood out in the collection for me were the textures: velvet, wool, cashmere, chiffon, fur and so much more. There should be no holds barred when it comes to couture and we all know that Jean Paul Gaultier is one of the masters of decadent design. I also loved the slew of top models on the runway including the aforementioned Omahrya Mota, Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, Karen Elson, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Noemie Lenoir, Erin O’Connor, Alek Wek, Hannelore Knuts and Eva Herzigova.
Visit www.jeanpaulgaultier.com for more information and see more looks from the Fall 2002 Couture collection below.
*Images courtesy of Getty and Style.com.