Jean Paul Gaultier looked east, and specifically to India, for the inspiration behind his Spring 2013 couture collection. The designer told reporters that he wanted to pay homage to Indian Gypsies, and used the colors of Rajasthan to inform his palette.
"It's glimmering, it's incredible the colors that you see, it's superb," he said of the city in an interview with Reuters. "I tried to recreate a bit of that, but more the Gypsy side, rather than the Maharaja side. It's more like couture Gypsies."
Billowing sheer capes shot through with gold thread embroidery and veils in orange, pink, and purple sat on top of a few looks. Closer to the body there were intricately beaded dresses, sheer panels of fabric, and more than one bustier that recalled the iconic cone bra the designer created for Madonna in the '90s. But the long-sleeved patchwork gowns featuring tiers of ruffles are perhaps a little more fitting for wandering souls.
As for his bridal finale look? The model who closed the show lifted up her billowing white skirts to reveal four little girls who ran down the runway to perform a dance for the audience.