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Sure, some of his peers have hit the 30th anniversary mark, but have any of them had more fun along the way?

Tuesday afternoon, the ever-inventive Jean Paul Gaultier opened his show with a quick and quirky retrospective, beginning with a motorcycle jacket and tutu circa 1976. From there, he time-traveled on through the years with a cone-breasted corset dress, a Hasidic-inspired coat, tribal tattoo mesh and skirts for men.

But while his company’s gone global and Gaultier’s turned famous in the meantime, come spring 2007 he really isn’t too far from where he started. He’s still a deft hand at marrying the haute with the street in an imaginative way all his own.

Gaultier gave spring’s athletic theme a vigorous workout with a slew of silky hoodies, layered under tailored suits or paired with satin gym shorts. He stretched sporty tanks into sexy minidresses and took lightweight track jackets glam with sequins and Japanese embroideries.

It was all a refreshing change from the hard, spacey stuff found elsewhere, and, more importantly, Gaultier offered plenty to wear. Even if the sport motif was narrow, he pushed the look right to its limit.

But then Gaultier’s always known how to flex those fashion biceps.

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