Jean Paul Gaultier took the theme of India for his couture show in Paris yesterday.

The French designer interweaved the spicy inspiration with much-loved Gaultier trademarks as he wowed the attendees at his striking show on the last day of Haute Couture Fashion Week.

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The fashion world’s eternal enfant terrible let his grand finale really do the talking, when a model dressed in a wedding dress sashayed down the catwalk.

The circumference of the skirt was so large, that when the bride lifted her hem an array of young children scampered out from underneath and ran off down the catwalk.

The Indian theme was reinforced by the setting of his show being bathed in patch-worked orange, yellow and red lights, held at Gaultier’s grand Rue Saint Martin headquarters. Guests were seated in sections named after famous Indian dishes from ‘vindaloo’ to ‘dal’ to make it clear that inspiration would be coming from the country.

The designer’s trademark designs were seen in the girdles, suspenders, conical brassieres and stripes. Models flaunted the Indian theme with bangles piled high on the arms and elaborate jewelled earrings, while balancing on thong-style, cut-out wedges. Sari-style patchwork dresses and floor-length column dresses covered in golden sequins were worn with tasselled backsacks and the standout looks included a notable gold snakeskin coat.

Valentino also wowed yesterday with delicate vintage-inspired creations by designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.

Feminine, detailed and intricately-made, the collection captivated the attendees with its grandeur.

With the exception of Valentino red, the collection primarily featured whites, cream, gray, pale pink, and black. A few sleek dresses without decoration and jackets with an off-the-shoulder cut helped the offering feel modern. – COVER MEDIA