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Paris Fashion Week: Jean Paul Gaultier does elder-chic

March 6, 2011 |  2:21 pm

Jpg1 Here today, gone tomorrow. Last season it was curvy women whom Jean Paul Gaultier "celebrated" on his runway. And this season it was women of a certain age.

The first model to step out was comedian Valerie Lemercier, who is in her mid-40s and apparently France's answer to Tina Fey. She vamped her way down the runway and stripped off her coat.

Jpgmain1 The rest of the models followed suit, all sporting gray bouffant hairdos. The look Gaultier seemed to be going for was Mrs. Robinson-meets-Auntie Mame. (In other words, the hidden-gray population with the means to buy designer clothes.)

Jpgmain2.jpg So, the clothes were bourgeois bordering on bad taste. A fur-trimmed silver brocade tunic and matching pants, nubby tweed lady suits and kitten heels were an elegant 1960s throwback.

Jpgmain3 But there were a few more unusual flourishes, too, namely sparkly catsuits, and foldable fur grocery carts, which seemed to have been designed as a middle finger to the fur protesters on the street outside.

Jpg9 Of course, there were plenty of Gaultier standbys to round things out, including sharply tailored jackets and trench coats. 

-- Booth Moore in Paris

Photos: Looks from the Jean Paul Gaultier fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times