Closer to home, given his incorrigible nostalgia for times when women asserted themselves through clothing, Jean-Paul Gaultier in turn made the sailor top part of his creative identity. How could he have resisted the versatility, the masculine-feminine side of these stripes, as well as the hint of the sun and wind? Yves Saint Laurent famously regretted not having invented jeans. The marinière is of the same order as jeans, a universal garment that we ultimately wear like sailors, one in which to be seen and – perhaps – to be fished out of the waters wearing.
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Star of the summer
Finally, the stripe is also exotic, especially when on bayadère fabric where the stripes, this time multicolored, are of unequal width. Imported by the Portuguese from their trading posts in the Indies, bayadère (from bailadeira: dancer) was part of the costume of the servants of the Hindu temples who danced and sang in religious processions.
It came to be that with their fresh, Atlantic, marine, equatorial, gender fluid, sensual, spiritual, and above all very flashy flair, stripes are the stars of every summer.
This season, stripes are stylized at Elie Saab, graphic at Bottega Veneta, sexy at Celine, sporty at Prada, thanks to the brand’s collaboration with Adidas, op’art and conceptual at Jean-Paul Gaultier, vintage and pastel at Jill Sander, bohemian at Undercover, quilted at Roni Helou, glittery at Chanel, fluid at Dior.
Whatever the stripe, dare to show your own, whether they be racing stripes, longitudinal lines, or stripes of irreverence, don’t forget that, since time immemorial, they have always made the difference.