Posted on: 01/27/2014

Butterflies take flight on Gaultier"s catwalk

Never one to eschew drama,Gaultier added volume to sleeves and collars,bodices and skirts to create magnificent,light-as-air wings in silks,organzas and crisp cottons for his Spring/Summer 2014 collection. During a trip to London,mounted butterflies in a shop caught the designer"s attention, fuelling his imagination. "I was thinking about colors and fabrics and what they could be and then I kept seeing the shape and saw that it could be a body everything was like a dress,"Gaultier told reporters after the show at his design studio. The modest and always-affable Gaultier his creations,beautiful though they are,could not compete with Nature. "What"s incredible are these blue butterflies,they"re almost metallic blue and then on the back they"re almost leopard. It"s stunning." Ruffled wings on silk organza dresses in sky blue and Indian rose had a petal-like fragility,while an asymmetrical gown erupted in a flourish of blue,green,purple and black over one shoulder. A va-va-voom skirt in vermillion with a dramatic flared hem was sewn from a delicately woven cable that recalled a butterfly net.