1. Jean Paul Gaultier recently showed his fall 2013 haute couture collection in Paris. It was full of exaggerated pleating and animal prints.
2. And also one look featuring leopard-print hair, which is a Pinterest tutorial disaster waiting to happen.
Renowned fashion critic Tim Blanks penned an unfavorable, bordering-on-scathing review of the show for Style.com. Gaultier, Blanks writes, “works a theme like a last nerve,” and his collection featured “cartoonish curves rather than elegant lines.” (Other burns: It’s “down market,” with a “sheeny brassness” throughout.)
Blanks then closed his review with a robust criticism of Gaultier’s standing in the fashion industry:
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.
5. A “millefeuille,” by the way, is a French dessert that looks like this:
DELICIOUS. But sadly, not what Blanks is talking about. The phrase “millefeuille de mousselines” likely refers to a multitude of chiffon layers all floating around on top of each other. (A little bit like the flaky pastry in a well-made millefeuille, perhaps.)