Last week, Jean Paul Gaultier removed the profile picture from the official brand handle. The bio description was changed to read “The end of an era.” Meanwhile, a cryptic post with the words “The End” in bold font alongside the brand’s logo was uploaded to the designer’s account.

Take a look at it below.

Now, two days later, the designer returned to normal with a new video accompanied by the hashtag #FutureisCollective. The luxury house’s profile picture has been restored along with a new bio: “Welcome to the new era of Jean Paul Gaultier.” Perhaps a re-launch of their discontinued ready-to-wear is in our midst, or some major collaborative projects are on the horizon. We’ll be hearing soon.

The French designer announced his retirement in January last year. However, he had assured his fans and other fashion consumers that his eponymous label would remain, albeit with a new concept. Taking to Twitter he announced, “Each season, I will invite a designer to interpret the codes of the House and I am doubly pleased that Chitose Abe of @sacaiofficial will be the first one!”

Abe is scheduled to present her collection at the Paris couture shows in July. In a statement, she said, “I have a long-held admiration for Jean Paul’s unique vision of subversive femininity and his originality, both of which I’ve strived towards in my work since the beginning. It’s a true honour to be given the opportunity to be the custodian of his house as the first designer of this project.”

Gaultier also announced his latest ready-to-wear collection. The sailor-theme collection includes interpretations by Palomo Spain, Ottolinger and others.

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