Notorious for challenging traditional men’s wear codes, Jean Paul Gaultier merged elegance with ease for spring, splashing a blown-up medallion-tie motif on street-savvy silk separates including a bomber jacket, T-shirt and shorts.

These were among the highlights of a collection rich in prints that ranged from a monochrome tile pattern to an exuberant flower design.

Linen knits — some infused with silver Lurex, others incorporating macramé techniques — heralded a “rustic chic” vibe, but Gaultier did not completely turn his back on the gender-bending experiments that earned him the title of enfant terrible of French fashion.

A classic black blazer featured a sheer mesh back, while elsewhere, jackets and suits appeared to have been turned inside out, their piping now used to decorative effect.

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