Jean Paul Gaultier Inspired By Pete Doherty For Couture... And Other Celebrity Runway Muses!

09 July 2012 by

A-listers may have the honour of sitting front row at many of the shows, but being a celebrity who inspires a runway collection? That's iconic. Sometimes the influence is plain to see, and sometimes it’s just a hint of star potential, but every season you’ll find a selection of catwalks that look to the world of high profile style icons for stimulus. Most recently, Jean Paul Gaultier – who in the past has turned his runway models into Madonna, Joan Jett and Amy Winehouse – has chosen Pete Doherty. Yes, as in the court-dodging rocker Pete, of Kate Moss ex-boyfriend-ness. A random choice for womenswear, you think? He’s long been an influence for indie boys across the globe, but you’d be easily befuddled as to how Pete’s open shirts, scruffy hair and trilbies could make up a convincing couture collection. But it’s JPG and he’s a master of turning a theme into a full collection – no matter what the controversial starting point. Fortunately, this is one of those not-too-literal takes on an idea; there was a stronger side-dish of Victoriana and JPG's twists on classic tux tailoring. Pete Doherty featured on the soundtrack, and a few items – like black mannish suits, neck scarves and some open-shirted rock swagger – were all that was lifted from his wardrobe. Online backlash aside, this show made us think about all of the other celeb-tinged catwalks of recent seasons, which you can check out by scrolling through the gallery above.


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