The drama was not only in the clothes but also among industry insiders.
So everyone knows that to check out runway photos, you go to Style.com. This is why Style.com editors are always present in every show so they can review it. And with every review, there will always be a positive and of course, the negative which they all try to avoid.
While we were all drooling over clothes that we can never afford during the presentation of the Spring 2014 couture (we were also making checklists as to who will wear what to the Oscars), I noticed that on Style.com’s front page, Jean Paul Gaultier was not on the list. Jean Paul Gaultier presented his Spring 2014 couture collection on the same day as Armani Prive, Maison Martin Margiela, and Elie Saab. So, it’s quite shocking not to see Gaultier in the list.
Gaultier is nowhere to be seen on the list for Spring 2014 Couture
Although he is in the Fall 2013 Couture List
Well, we can assume one reason. It was Tim Blank’s review of Gaultier’s Fall 2013 couture collection. So here’s what’s written on Style.com: “Jean Paul Gaultier works a theme like a last nerve.... Benattia (a French comedian Gaultier casted) seemed a bit down-market.... A few outfits later, a ‘millefeuille de mousselines’ echoed Yves Saint Laurent's way with color, as a reminder that Gaultier was once considered the one true heir to the throne of French fashion. But that was once upon a time, and that time has, sad to say, well and truly passed.”
Gaultier responded with an open letter. Here it is:
Once upon a time you liked my shows “but that time has truly passed” and I respect it. But the Tim I knew before would never have made the attacks that are more personal than proffesional [sic]. I always had girls in my shows from different social strata, treating someone as down-market is cheap.
In future, rather than be bored at my shows, you can use that time to do something else, for example brush up on your fashion history so you’ll kow that “mille feuille de mousseline” didn’t echo Saint Laurent, it was inspired by a Nina Ricci dress from 1967 in homage to Gerard Pipard who recently passed away.
If you’re nostalgic for the time when I was considered the one true heir to the throne of French fashion please buy a ticket for my exhibition now in Stockhold [sic] and soon in Brooklyn and London. Good Visit.
A former yours in fashion
Jean Paul Gaultier”
Jean Paul Gaultier”
So maybe it was only Tim Blanks who was available for Gaultier’s show and he passed instead. But if you want a head scratcher, Tim Blanks reviewed Gaultier’s Spring 2014 ready to wear. While we all love drama, let’s all hope that no one was just available to review or the photographer of Style.com ran out of memory or something. I am hoping to see the photos and the details on Style.com especially since Dita Von Teese walked in the show. And of course, the clothes looked amazing as well. :)