A poodle was all that was missing from Jean Paul Gaultier’s fun, very French show. It celebrated la bourgeoise sans age (the ageless bourgeois), in a tongue-in-cheek nod to conservative and mature Parisian beauties who like to dress their age, but still want to live a little.
Gaultier tapped well-known comedian Valérie Lemercier—whose film roles have included a character loosely based on the late Princess Diana, in the French comedy Palais Royal!—to bookend the show. One Paris resident described Lemercier as France’s answer to Tina Fey.
Pulling a camp, nose-in-the-air, teapot stance (head cocked, hip tilted and gloved hand held out to the side), Lemercier, sporting a freshly blow-dried bouffant, minced down the runway using a black umbrella as her stick. She was followed by models dressed as matrons in gray beehives and tame kitten heels, one pulling a fur shopping trolley.