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Jean Paul Gaultier pulls the plug on his RTW line

The French designer will be channelling his focus into haute couture, collaborations and fragrances

By Andrea Tim | Published: 17 Sep 2014

No more Gaultier RTW
Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

It's the season of new beginnings – well, for some if not all – especially for Jean Paul Gaultier, who has rocked the fashion world by announcing that he will be discontinuing his ready-to-wear line. His final show on the prêt-a-porter runway will be at Paris Fashion week for the Spring Summer 2015 season.

"We looked at various possibilities considering the present state of the company and we have reached the same conclusion," the designer wrote to WWD. "For some time, I have found true fulfilment in working on the haute couture and it allows me to express my creativity and my taste for research and experimentation. At the same time the world of ready-to-wear has evolved considerably. Commercial constraints, as well as the frenetic pace of collections don't leave any freedom, nor the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate."

The designer will not be completely absent from the industry, however. Jean added that he will be paying more attention to haute couture, perfumes and collaborations; the last of which he has yet to delve in.

"This is a new beginning, I will be able to express again my creativity fully and without constraints." Does "without constraints" encompass collaborations with our favourite high street brands? After this shocking move, only time will tell what the designer pulls out of his hat next.

Related: Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture AW14
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