Article Dec 31, 2016

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Jean Paul Gaultier unveils capsule collection

Jean Paul Gaultier has created an accessibly priced capsule collection.

The French designer launched his first collection in 1976 and has since gone on to build a reputation for his playful and irreverent haute couture garments.

Now Gaultier is partnering with Italian high street retailer OVS to launch a capsule collection, with the designer offering up some of his signature styles at lower prices.

"My collaboration with OVS is a playful collection for the end of the year holidays," Gaultier said of the line, according to WWD. "I wanted something fun and at the same time dressed up, that is why we developed a print with the deck of cards and used the asymmetrical cuts."

The women’s line includes a trenchcoat which can be worn as an evening dress, a suit with organza details, bias cut printed maxi skirts and a sequinned bomber jacket.

For the men, Gaultier offers up printed jeans, T-shirts with striking prints and patchwork suits.

A common theme throughout the line is the use of the 64-year-old’s favored motifs, including marine stripes and tattoo-inspired graphics.

The offering is completed by men’s and women’s footwear styles, as well as belts, silk scarves, bags and underwear.

"First of all, we decided to choose Jean Paul Gaultier because he has a fun, playful image. I think our customers find him friendly and low-key, which is something very important for us," said OVS chief executive officer Stefano Beraldo.

The collection features 60 pieces for men and women, which will retail at prices ranging from 29 euros (£25), to 149 euros (£132).

Gaultier’s capsule collection will debut on the company’s online store on 18 November (16).