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Friday, March 23, 2012

S.F. Street Fashion: Gaultier Fever

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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I'm coming down with something, chic citizens, and my guess is that you are too. I've got Gaultier fever. Yesterday I went to the de Young Museum to meet the man himself, and let me tell you, it was Glamorous (yes, with a capital G). There were mini chocolate croissants and coffee in china cups and French accents and, of course, massive overdoses of haute couture. I've been transformed into an obnoxious Francophile who punctuates her sentences with "voila" and "j'adore."

In case you haven't been outside or on the Internet in months, I'll fill you in. The de Young hosts huge fashion exhibitions every spring, and this year it features the work of famed French bad-boy couturier Jean Paul Gaultier. (Read more about the exhibit, "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier," which opens Saturday.) Even if you don't recognize his name (you cave-dweller), you're familiar with his work. He designed Madonna's legendary cone bra as well as costumes for several films including The Fifth Element, and he served as creative director of Hermès from 2003-2010. So, you know, he's kind of a big deal.

I'm in awe of his work -- and you will be too, once you see it -- but I also spotted quite a few intriguing outfits yesterday at the press preview. I promise to tell you about the exhibition, the opening party, and the gentleman behind it all on Monday, but for now, check out these lovely fashionistas.

KATE CONGER
  • Kate Conger

Gaultier's career has been defined by its bad-ass attitude and affinity for street wear, so I believe he would enjoy her pairing of rain boots with a classy, Chanel-esque suit. Personally, I'm attracted to the unexpected pop of bright yellow against gold.

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