Jean Paul Gaultier, who has had men in skirts and a mermaid on crutches parading his runway, has few boundaries. And so he ended his raucous and sexy fall show with a dramatic catfight that started on the stage— set like a sleek bordello— and ended in a pool of mud. In one corner was model Coco Rocha, who once did a Highland fling down a Gaultier catwalk. In the other was Serbian actress-cum-model Bojana Panic, who definitely had the upper hand: She was the chosen victor and their battle was rehearsed. While the stunt fell flat with some, ultimately cheers erupted.
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“I was really nervous that the audience wouldn’t get it,” Rocha related. “When we started, I didn’t know if people thought we were having a brawl or something, then after a while I started to hear laughter and clapping and was able to enjoy it more.” The moral of this story? Fashion is worth fighting for.