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Jean Paul Gaultier to stop ready-to-wear

Jean Paul Gaultier will stop producing ready-to-wear collections and focus instead on his couture work and perfume lines.

The French designer’s final ready-to-wear menswear and womenswear collections for spring 15 will be shown on September 27 during Paris Fashion Week. Gaultier cited “commercial constraints” as a main driver behind the decision.

He told Women’s Wear Daily: “For some time, I have found true fulfillment in working on the haute couture and it allows me to express my creativity and my taste for research and experimentation.

“At the same time the world of ready-to-wear has evolved considerably. Commercial constraints, as well as the frenetic pace of collections don’t leave any freedom, nor the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate.”

The Jean Paul Gaultier fashion house is controlled by Spanish perfume maker Puig.

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