Whatever the reason, an India theme featuring one shoulder sari-styles, scarves and silk "shalwar" pants all made for a fun, endearing display. Guests even chuckled to Edith Piaf's "La vie en rose" in Hindi while seated in rows named after Indian foods.
There were some vibrant East-meets-West looks.
One strong-shouldered European Spencer jacket came in paprika-colored shantung with a skirt, over a cumin-colored muslin dress — evoking Indian-style layering. "Life of Pi," the tale of the sea-stranded boy and tiger that is now a hit movie begins in French-Indian Pondicherry, and the program notes call this look: "She came from Pondicherry."
Still, the exuberance translated a little too much into the clothes, which sometimes verged on the overly theatrical.
Gaucho-style fringing mixed with Madonna-style "Blonde Ambition" corsets, gypsy detailing, seventies disco, and even a look from the 1950s.
Only a master like Gaultier can pull off something this eclectic, but sometimes even for him, too many spices can spoil the couture broth.
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