The house’s ‘FLOWERS’ collection was put on full display amidst fittingly lush arrangements—a reclamation of its early-2000s archive
Tuesday night, Jean Paul Gaultier and friends celebrated the launch of FLOWERS. The Spring/Summer 2023 collection harkens back to the 2000s, where blooms cropped up again and again in the label’s output, acting, in its own words, “both as motif and motive.” The venue, then, had to look the part; New York’s The Webster was done up with overflowing, lush arrangements, seamlessly complementing creative director Florence Tétier’s own fluid prints, which adorned the dresses, tube pants, and mélange tops of those lucky enough to don the house’s newest garments.
Among that crowd were Kylie Jenner and Stormie Webster—the former having been declared the face of the FLOWERS campaign, shot by Elizaveta Porodina and releasing today. Other notable guests included Ava Max, Coco Rocha, the Clermont Twins, Aquaria, Stefon Diggs, Richie Shazam, Briana Andalore, Young Emperors, KESH, Anna Trevelyan, Chloe Wise, Eric Jess, Linux, Vashtie, Maeta, Olivia Ponton, and CT Hedden.
Toronto-based DJ Gonnie Garko manned the booth as the crowd sipped apéritifs, relishing in the decidedly romantic, low-lit setting. In looking back to its archive, Jean Paul Gaultier combined its emblems with the future, marrying Tétier’s vision of “‘augmented’ nature” with nostalgia for design’s Golden Ages past—true cause for a good party, materializing the brand’s aura as in expands into the US, reclaiming its subversive nightlife heritage.