Jean-Paul Gaultier Rocks Paris Fashion Week

ESSENCE.COM Jan, 28, 2010

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Designer Jean-Paul Gaultier has always been inspired by global beauty and the richness of tribal cultures—and his Spring/Summer 2010 Haute Couture collection, shown yesterday at Paris Fashion Week, was no exception. An Aztec fantasy infused with hints of Africana (check the elaborate cornrowed headpieces—gorgeous), the collection brought Paris to its knees. And in a climate where the runway model standard is a fourteen-year-old from Slovakia, we were thrilled to see the amount of gorgeous women of color Gaultier sent storming down his catwalk. Here, Dominican supermodel Sessilee Lopez rocks the runway in an artfully shredded evening gown and elaborate headdress.

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Sessilee Lopez looks equal parts sexy and tough in an embellished sombrero, striped blazer and cowboy belt.

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A model hits the runway in a black-and-white woven number, lace veil and oversized straw hat.

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Senegalese stunner Mia Niara glides down the runway in a plunging, cocoa-brown gown and a floral headpiece decorating her regal cornrows.

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A close-up of Mia Niara’s cornrows and exquisite braided headpiece.

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A model struts down Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 2010 show wearing a floor-sweeping, mesh-overlayed gown and a cornrowed bun. We’re living for the turquoise eyeshadow and nails!

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Models parade down the runway at the finale of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 2010 Haute Couture show.

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