Designer Dossier: Jean Paul Gaultier
Hermès's 2008 spring/summer line is aptly called "Fantaisies Indiennes" — with luxe croc jodhpurs and terrycloth turbans secured with Hermès belts just for starters. "A visit to India is always emotional for me," says the designer. "I'm particularly sensitive to the rich colors. What a pleasure to reinterpret the sari, which for me remains the very essence of clothing." For the runway show, Gaultier sprinkled the crowd with red pigments, like Indians do during the festival of Holi.