Get ready for a fashion frenzy, New York.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s final ready-to-wear collection, key pieces and collectors’ items will be sold at Century 21 Department Store’s Lincoln Square location starting Thursday at noon. The sale goes through Monday.
The sale includes a wide selection of Gaultier’s styles, being offered at 69 percent to 85 percent off retail prices. The offerings include leather jackets, gold sleeveless jackets, silk jackets with sequins, a multicolored silk top with sequins, multicolored pants with sequins and a hot pink bodysuit with white arrows and stars. There are one-of-a-kind pieces, as well as up to 10 in a particular style.
Gaultier decided in 2014 to halt his women’s and men’s rtw collections to focus on couture, his lucrative perfume line and other projects.
“For some time, I have found true fulfillment in working on the haute couture and it allows me to express my creativity and my taste for research and experimentation. At the same time, the world of ready-to-wear has evolved considerably. Commercial constraints, as well as the frenetic pace of collections, don’t leave any freedom, nor the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate,” said Gaultier in a letter to WWD in September 2014.
Gaultier said he’s witnessed the fashion industry accelerate to the point where even designer collections are forced to adopt an industrial pace and scale. What’s more, they must compete against fast-fashion behemoths like Zara and H&M, which offer compelling fashions at an attractive price. “It comes to a point where you don’t even have time to think,” he said.
Century 21’s Lincoln Square location is at 1972 Broadway in New York.