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Gaultier Reveals the hidden, Feminine side of 007

20 January 2011, JENNY BARCHFIELD Associated Press,

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Gaultier reveals hidden, feminine side of 007 with gender-bending 'James Blond' collection

Cross-dressing "James Blonds" embraced their feminine sides at Jean Paul Gaultier — proving for once and for all that 007 looks good in everything, even stilettos — while French luxury label Louis Vuitton and New York's Adam Kimmel infused their manly silhouettes with a touch of David Lynch-ian strangeness on Thursday, day two of Paris' five-day-long menswear displays.

Like Gaultier, Rick Owens borrowed from women's wardrobes for fall-winter 2011-2012, delivering sweaterdresses and pleated kilts. That his models still managed to look, if not manly, at least unisex was a testament to just how hardcore nature Owens' outerwear — in beaten black leather — is.

At Issey Miyake, designer Dai Fujiwara pushed his iPad aside, paying sweet, anachronistic homage to that utensil of a simpler past — the pen. Narrow pockets lurked, pen-ready, on the lapels of jackets and shirts and were hidden along the seams of the high-tech polyester pants.

At Dries, there was no gimmick at all, just real clothes real men really want to wear.

Paris menswear reaches the halfway point on Friday, with ever-spectacular shows by John Galliano and Givenchy.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

France's king of kink delivered a saucy "James Blond" who was equal parts womanizer and man-eater — a pistol packing, stiletto-heel wearing secret agent who relies on his masculine muscle and feminine charms to save the world.

"James Bond is an icon of masculinity, so much so that he's become a sort of sex object — just like the Bond girls he's seducing," Gaultier said in an interview after the show.

At first, Gaultier's Bond cut a dashing figure in a microfiber tuxedo, a long silken scarf draped lazily round his neck and a Walther PPK glinting menacingly from its holster.

But as the models strutted their stuff, the Bonds started dropping not-so-subtle hints they were perhaps more sexually ambiguous than the movies let on. Fishnet tights peeked out from under their slacks, and the back of their tails were a sexy web of peekaboo cutouts. Monte Carlo-ready tuxedo jackets were paired with scuba leggings made from neoprene that was perhaps a tad too clingy.

 


Source:  http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=12725459