According to the invitation, Gaultier was presenting, 'The greatest bout of all time.' With a boxing ring set up in Gaultier's headquarters on Rue Saint Martin, the show began with female kick boxers - appropriately dressed in Gaultier's corsety - performing, as hard as nails models, looking suitably bruised and bashed, stalked the ring. Sporting boxing inspired gear, ranging from satin shorts to skin tight sweat pants, Gaultier also infused his signature denim, pin stripes and tailoring - mixing up looks for considered masculine clout. Sharply tailored evening jackets and frock coats were masterly cut and shows Gaultier's technical know how. A grey marl double breasted suit was the most innovative piece along with a sequinned hood - as the rest was somewhat lost in the theatrics. Thankfully Gaultier knows how to put on a show and the event was dynamic and a light relief in an apparently serious season. As the designer, dressed in a post match dressing gown, took his bows, the feeling settled that it was not quite the 'greatest bout' from a Paris menswear gentry - but perhaps it wasn't a bad punch up!
Sharply tailored evening jackets and frock coats were masterly cut and shows Gaultier's technical know how.