Lipault Paris has announced their latest collaboration with renowned French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier for their upcoming new season collection set to be released this September. Inspired by two of his favourite themes, the tennis stripe suit and the famous conical-breasted corset, the collection blurs the lines between feminine and masculine to bring a two-colour collection with a rock touch.
Jean Paul Gaultier answers the need to know questions around the covetable range below.
Why did you decide to collaborate with Lipault?
JPG: Lipault is a beautiful Parisian brand, it is both young and dynamic. When it approached me, I immediately saw the opportunity to express my creativity through alternative ways, alternative universes. Also, I travel a lot and am a big fan of luggage.
Were you familiar with the brand?
JPG: I knew its pop colours! The use of monochrome makes Lipault luggage easy to spot. The suitcases are very practical, and there are also more fashion, more personal products to round out the offer.
What are the shared values between Jean-Paul Gaultier and Lipault Paris?
JPG: I would say that we both work disruptively. I approached fashion the same way Lipault approached luggage... it was all about showing an unusual point of view. We also both work with seasons—at Lipault, there is a new colour palette every six months. At Jean-Paul Gaultier, we show Haute Couture twice a year. And there is the French touch of course!
What have you brought to Lipault?
JPG: Women consider their allure when choosing their luggage, but men do too, which explains the masculine and feminine balance I played with. It was very interesting and rewarding to mix our codes.
What were the inspirations for the collection?
JPG: We embarked on a material and colour research first. The concept was to leave the monochrome aesthetic of Lipault on the side, so we decided to rework one of my classic designs with a pinstripe fabric. Stripes belong to textile, and they never go out of fashion. The inside of the luggage and bags was constructed like chic lingerie in hues of powder pink. With this capsule collection, I give the consumer the opportunity to ‘undress’, just like one would open a garment to discover the lingerie underneath.
Regarding the bags, the inspiration was the gusset of a suitcase that features pinstripes when open.
Prices start at $89AUD and the collection drops this September.