Jean Paul Gaultier and KNWLS to collaborate on the collection

Puig-owned Jean Paul Gaultier is collaborating with London-based womenswear brand KNWLS on a collection of more than 40 shirts, jackets, pants and dresses, set to debut on September 8. ), and will be sold at Ssense, MyTheresa, The Webster, FWRD, and Net-A-Porter.

The label will host a launch with Ssense during New York Fashion Week, and KNWLS will feature a few pieces in its September show. KNWLS designer Alexandre Arsenault, who co-founded the label with designer and partner Charlotte Knowles, said the collection draws common threads between the two brands, including their use of prints and grunge elements.

“We wanted to find this world between that feels very KNWLS and Jean-Paul Gaultier at the same time,” said Arsenault. “Looks like it might be part of Jean Paul Gaultier’s archives indeed — but also of the KNWLS archives.”

After meeting in Central Saint Martins, Arsenault and Knowles created KNWLS around the idea of ​​a dangerous woman. The brand, known for its corset-inspired prints and silhouettes, quickly became popular with it girls like Kylie Jenner and Bella Hadid. The tag made it to the Instagrams of Dua Lipa and Beyonce. Last year, the designers were awarded the inaugural grant offered by the Fashion East talent incubator.

Knowles, Arsenault and Florence Thiers, Creative Director of Jean Paul Gaultier since 2021, have collaborated before: Tettier made jewelry for one of KNWLS’ early shows.

“Their world is truly connected to the legacy of Jean Paul Gaultier, and it makes perfect sense to give birth to this collection inspired by the very specific vision of the female body that both brands enjoy,” Tettier said in a statement.

Jean Paul Gaultier has also collaborated with Glenn Martins, Chitose Abe, and Olivier Rousteing in the past few years. The brand has chosen Haider Ackermann as a guest designer for its January haute couture collection

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