French fashion rebel jean-paul gaultier has taken an American classic and added his own irreverent twist. The legendary designer has collaborated with Levi’s, producing a collection of reconstructed pieces for Spring/Summer 2010.
Gaultier is no stranger to innovation with classic designs. Last November, the designer, an avid denim fan, re-worked two Levi’s classics: the 501 jean and the denim trucker jacket. Gaultier used raw pieces of denim to construct the four pieces in the collection, combining red stitching and a maritime striped lining, which can be revealed when the pieces are rolled up. The pieces also feature a selvaged trim, meticulous cut-outs, and bondage-like stripes, giving the distinguished denim a Maison Gaultier feel.
In addition to the menswear collection, Gaultier has since designed a women’s line for Levi’s. Due in select stores this May, Gaultier’s intricately tailored designs channel vintage lingerie and add a sophisticated, modern boudoir feel to the denim. The pieces are made with dark denim lined with a flesh tone bias tape, and include a combined mini-midi skirt, as well as a workwear-inspired pair of overalls with a conical bra-like top. Gaultier’s Levi’s collection is not for the faint of fashion heart—pieces have already been brandished by fashion icon Rihanna.