Jean Paul Gaultier is done with women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections and accessories, and is planning to devote himself to couture, the brand’s perfume business and other projects. The designer’s final RTW collection will be shown at the Grand Rex on September 27 during Paris Fashion Week.
In a letter to Women’s Wear Daily, Gaultier explained that the decision was made in conjunction with Puig (the Spanish fragrance and fashion group that acquired a majority stake in the Gaultier house three years ago) after an assessment on the future of the house. “For some time, I have found true fulfillment in working on the haute couture and it allows me to express my creativity and my taste for research and experimentation. At the same time the world of ready-to-wear has evolved considerably. Commercial constraints, as well as the frenetic pace of collections don’t leave any freedom, nor the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate.”
In addition to couture, the house will focus on fragrances including women’s Classique and La Male for men, which remain the most successful part of Gaultier’s business.