FW23: KNWLS REVISITS THE ICONIC ARCHIVES OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FOR THEIR FIRST COLLABORATION
After inviting Glenn Martens, Chitose Abe and other big names of the fashion world, the JPG house invites KNWLS for a special collaboration where the british brand revisits the classics of one of the best designers of all time. Both brands join each other naturally thanks to their disruptive DNA and Y2K aesthetic.
Trompe-l’oeil, see through materials, tattoo prints and corsetry are all direct references to Jean Paul Gaultier’s archives and KNWLS made sure to sublime them.
Explore the JPG sailor-inspired set
KNWLS earning their stripes
First of all, these garments were inspired by the well-known classic of Jean Paul Gaultier, La Marinière. During his entire career, the french designer revisited and wore the striped sailor polo in so many ways that it truly became an iconic piece. Diamonds, trompe-l’oeil, feathers… Gaultier was truly fascinated by the sailor uniform and described it as an endless source of inspiration.
The new interpretation of KNWLS, influenced by the rock aesthetic, is made with brown stripes. Crafted from a stretchy polyamide which makes the pieces fit close to the body, the pieces give a glamorous and sexy look to your outfits.
Discover the KNWLS tattooed tops
A flesh made of mesh
In the early 90’s, Jean-Paul Gaultier used for the first time printed trompe-l’oeil mesh tops, which will become his most sought-after pieces. This eye-catching technique, brought in fashion by Schiapparelli, never failed to entertain the crowd during a runway when the Frenchman was using it. L’enfant terrible made all kinds of trompe-l’oeil but the ones that stood out were probably from his iconic collection Les tatouages. Today, KNWLS has reimagined these mesh components by incorporating printed tattoos, creating the illusion that the collection seamlessly blends with the wearer's body, emphazing the tight fit of the garments. They are made in multiple colors to match different skin tones.
Wear it as an empowering piece
A breath of fresh air for corsetry
Jean Paul Gaultier has always been a subversive designer and one of his most challenging pieces of work was the corset. Like Vivienne Westwood, he transformed this symbol of oppression and silent violence towards women into a body empowerment one. It quickly became a sign of rebellion and sexual freedom.
Women weren’t forced to wear it anymore; They just did because they wanted to. KNWLS continues this heritage years later, with corsets being an integral part of their universe. Made of a solid brown denim, the pieces will sit close to the body thanks to the laces and the belt which will help adjusting the fit.