But, alas, he’s done with making ready-to-wear clothes, telling The Associated Press, “Too many clothes kills clothes…Fashion has changed. A proliferation of clothing. Eight collections per season – that’s 16 a year.”
It’s not so much the clothes, as much as it is the system, that has gotten the famed designer down. “There aren’t enough people to buy them,” he adds. “We are making clothes that aren’t destined to be worn.”
In other words, he’s tired, and can you blame him?
Even though he’s done, Gaultier believes that good fashion already exists for little money elsewhere, citing Zara, H&M and Uniqlo as a few of the brands in the game making inexpensive clothes very well.
And, so, another designer bites the dust, joining shuttered ready-to-wear labels like Viktor & Rolf. Maybe fast fashion is the way of the future, what with the death knell tolling for Canadian fashion brands and now this.