“Dancing with the Stars.” The television show is a phenomenon worldwide. On Saturday night, Jean Paul Gaultier gave it his own spin with a campy show of choreographed model dance antics and clothes to match the spirit.
Gaultier had a panel of three judges on stage at the chintzy Paradis Latin cabaret theater: evergreen muses Rossy de Palma and Tanel Bedrossiantz, and choreographer Blanca Li. They played their roles with such zest it made Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli look like wallflowers.
The same was the case for the models: Coco Rocha was a mean Danny Zuko, doing the “Grease” dance with a Sandy wannabe. Karlie Kloss came out voguing; Joan Smalls sizzled at the samba, and Hannelore Knuts did a sultry tango. The audience had a good time.
Just like the various dance shticks, the clothes went in all directions, from the tough black leather group that started the show, including several deconstructed moto jackets, to pretty, tiered ruffle off-shoulder dresses in lace or leather. When teamed with a chic trenchcoat, the dresses were standouts. Rather than focus on just glitzy ballroom numbers, Gaultier updated many of his greatest hits, including new versions of his cone-bra bustier tops and sailor stripe sweaters. Not that the clothes mattered so much — they just played a supporting role in the show spectacle.