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Andrej Pejic Walked in Jean Paul Gaultier's Amy Winehouse-Inspired Couture Show


The designer once again chose the Australian model to strut his runway.

Couture has long been denounced as being passe or irrelevant, yet a number of major European houses still show the rarefied frocks for their wealthiest and most discerning customers--those looking for (and willing/able to pay top dollar for) something unique and special. In fact, The New York Times' Cathy Horyn notes there's been an uptick in labels that are showing the handmade creations. Jean Paul Gaultier has long been a regular participant in these bi-annual spectacles, and in the past few seasons has taken on the gender-transcending dynamo (and Out100 Stylemaker of the Year) Andrej Pejic as his muse. Just last week, Pejic stalked the catwalks in his menswear show, and now, a mere week later, Pejic is walking again, but this time encompassing more womanly ideals. Also, it's interesting to note that while there may be some fuss over couture's imminent demist and the fact that it's perceived as lofty, indulgent, and "out of touch" with the average consumer, Gaultier, in his typical renegade fashion, picked a particularly fallible pop culture template as the starting point for his show. If the towering, upswept beehives and sharply-drawn cat-eye make-up weren't a giveaway, it was Amy Winehouse who served as motivation for Gaultier's spring couture outing. Check out the entire collection--all 70 looks--here.

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