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Gaultier joins bra wars with 'Free the nipple' fashion slogan


French fashion icon Jean-Paul Gaultier opened
up a new front in the battle over bras Wednesday with “Free the nipple”
slogans in his Paris haute couture show.

The flamboyant designer showed his support for a Florida teenager who
was
made to cover her nipples in bandages at her high school for not wearing a
bra
under her sweatshirt.

Lizzy Martinez, 17, made headlines in April when she said teachers
told her
to wear a second shirt and put plasters on her nipples after they claimed
other students had been distracted by her breasts.

Gaultier said it was a “scandalous” that a girl should be treated
that way,
and used his collection to support her.

Gaultier joins bra wars with 'Free the nipple' fashion slogan

He told AFP that if “men had the right to go bare-chested why not
women?”
And to hammer home the point he had a barechested male and female model
walk the catwalk, each wearing see-through police visors with the legend,
“Free the nipple” in French and English.

“You can see the nipples and the jewellery but you can’t touch,” he
said.
“I don’t say that you must bare your breasts. I am very much for corsets
and bras, clearly I like them,” said the designer who came up with
Madonna’s
famous conical bustiers.

“But a woman should be allowed to not to wear a bra under her
T-shirt,” he
added.
Gaultier played with nipple visibility in four other looks in his
autumn-winter collection that was a typically playful celebration of
liberty
and transgression.

“We are living in a quite policed world, and I was looking for a
pretext to
show freedom for all,” he said.

“I wanted to show that you can walk around with bare breasts without
be
attacked or aggressed. It’s all about freedom to enjoy yourself and not
take
life too seriously.”

High-flying Dutchmen

Gaultier also tease convention by using the cigarette — the number
one
enemy of health authorities around the world — as the inspiration for much
of
his jewellery.

His heavily two-tone black and white show started with a run of “No
smoking” slogans on jumpers and jackets, which the designer said was a play
on
“le smoking”, the French term for a tuxedo.

“We should be free to either smoke or not,” said Gaultier.
The brilliant Dutch duo Viktor & Rolf celebrated their quarter century
together with an all-white collection that showcased their giddy,
convention-defying creativity.

“We wanted a clean slate,” Rolf Snoeren — the more talkative half of
the
avant-garde pair — told AFP backstage afterwards.

Gaultier joins bra wars with 'Free the nipple' fashion slogan

And they certainly let their imaginations run riot with a candyfloss
tulle
dress that looked like some giant had taken bites out of it, a harlequin
suit
shaped as a heart, and a diamond-encrusted duvet dress that came with its
own
collar/halo of satin pillows.

If they weren’t so futuristic, the ruffed sleeves and accordion
pleats worn
by some models looked almost Elizabethan, while the huge squeezed
exaggerated
sleeves on a final silvery white coat made its wearer look like an
archangel
from the future.

But Snoeren denied that a show-stopping gold-fringed power raincoat
with a
raised relief breastplate of the word “No” had anything to do with the
#MeToo.
“If there is any message in the show, it is this,” he said pointing to
“I
love you” written in elegant script on his white shirt.(AFP)

Credit: Jean-Paul Gaultier AW18, Catwalkpictures



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