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Gaultier, for the Nostalgic, '80s-Obsessed Pop Music Addict in You

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Jean-Paul Gaultier always puts on a quirky runway show, but the Spring/Summer 2013 presentation in Paris on Saturday was more like a concert. Gaultier's collection channeled music stars from the past: Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, Madonna, Sade, Ziggy Stardust.

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Grace Jones and Boy George were also inspirations for Gaultier. Look closely and you'll see that the garments are actually quite beautiful and well-constructed: Crisp tuxedoes and pretty floral pants.

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That Ziggy ensemble is not for the shy… Maybe Rihanna or Nicki Minaj will take it on stage? That jacket's obviously Beat It-era Michael Jackson, but cut for a lady. And on the right, more menswear cut for women, a la Annie Lennox.

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More MJ, more Madonna. And since Gaultier designed the cone bra Madonna wore in her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, for him, this is a return to roots.

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Some of the ensembles were not as literal as the others. But there was still a strong retro vibe.

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Bare shoulders, ankle-snapping shoes.

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'90s denim, '80s floral, '70s satin (just add rollerskates).

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I can't figure out what's going on with that ensemble in the middle, any guesses?

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It was not necessary to paint the Grace Jones model's face darker. Sigh.

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Grace, Madge, Annie.

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This fluid, floral Boy George gown is gorgeous.

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More Madonna.

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And more Madonna!

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Bondage-y shoes.

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The backdrop of the show was basically a music video.

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Nihongo Hanashimasen.

Grace Jones painted herself black for the cover of her album Night Clubbing: