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London eye, Spring in London. The sun is out, the streets are blossom strewn and the nights are longer by the day. Our scarves, overcoats and mittens have been packed away until 2015 and instead we're rocking fitted vintage denim jackets, skinny tees and leggings. We are on the cusp of summer and there is a lightness in the streets.
It's the season of experimentation and the perfect climate for the return of the breton stripe - whimsical, wanderlust-ful and wind swept. Our favorite sailor is in town to celebrate stripes in person (almost). Legendary french designer and couturier Jean Paul Gaultier is town in the form of his retrospective at Europe's largest performing arts centre, The Barbican in east London, including speaking, winking and singing mannequins. It's the largest retrospective of his work to date and is the latest date of a world tour which has already taken in San Francisco, Dallas and Brooklyn, and will head to Paris next.
All aboard! Gaultier's take on the breton stripe kicks off the exhibition (and dominates the must visit exhibition shop to conclude the show). Setting sail on the good ship Gaultier - The Odyssey in exhibition speak - is an adventure like no other .. the experience is more theme park ride than exhibition. He reminds us that fashion classics can always be reinvented, and reworked in the spirit of the artist - a sense of fun underpins JPG's designs and reminds us why we fell in love with fashion in the first place: to dress up ... just because.
The journey is a kaleidoscope of color and pop culture and includes pieces worn by the likes of Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Moss, as well as Gaultier's iconic collaboration with Madonna. Our personal favorite is this amazing tulle ruffle ballgown SJP wore to the 2000 MTV Awards which took just 312 hours to make!
As the man himself says: "I don't like dreams or reality. I like when dreams become reality because that is my life".
London ... you've been a dream! Next stop ... Paris.
XOXO - Mary @msmarymeyer