Jean-Paul Gaultier Presents A Decadent Show For Paris Fashion Week; PETA Definitely Will Not Approve

by PERRINE MEISTRELL · July 9, 2009

[All photos by Getty Images] Jean-Paul Gaultier is definitely going to be on animal rights organization PETA's naughty list, but the Autumn/Winter Haute Couture collection he presented yesterday in Paris was striking nonetheless. Gaultier's styles evoked old school glamour and decadence with a touch of edginess, but we expect PETA will complain about his liberal use of fur, leather, and even dyed crocodile skin. Gaultier himself even came out on the runway eating a chocolate ice cream popsicle- maybe a reference to the sense of indulgence and freedom he intended the clothes to display?

Some of Gaultier's designs were a bit retro; the clothes embodied Hollywood's version of "mobster sexiness," which the film Public Enemies is bringing back at the moment. A few fur trimmed "head canopies" seemed a bit of out place in the collection but gave their models a regal/ethereal/ridiculous air.  Guests who attended the show included singers Kylie Minogue, and Helena Noguerra, along with actor Mickey Rourke, designer Sonia Rykiel, and model Ines De La Fressange. Check out a few of the looks from the show below and see what you think..

Jean-Paul Gaultier

Mickey RourkeKylie Minogue

Ines de la FrangesseSonia Rykiel