Jean Paul Gaultier to Merge Fashion and Film at Haute Couture Show

The fashion designer and Cannes Film Festival Juror tells THR that movies have once again inspired his July show.

PARIS -- Jean Paul Gaultier will continue his love affair with film when he unveils his fall/winter 2012-13 collection in Paris at a July 4 show.

The designer showed up fashionably late to the opening night of the Paris Cinema Festival just before a screening of Leos Carax’s Cannes Competition title Holy Motors to watch the film for a second time.

“I’m right in the middle of getting my couture collection ready, but I loved the film in Cannes so much that I wanted to see it again under different conditions than when I was on the jury,” he explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “Plus, this is the official premiere, and Kylie [Minogue] is here too. I like her a lot, so it’s great to see her again.”

His sleepless nights of jury duty are over, but the designer is hard at work planning his anticipated runway show, and he told THR that it was influenced by movies. “My collection was inspired by the cinema -- as always,” he said. “It nourishes me.”

It has been a good week for Gaultier whose perfume Kokorico was among the big winners at Tuesday’s perfumerie prize ceremony, the Fifi Awards.

Gaultier will unveil his new collection on July 4 at an early afternoon show in Paris’ trendy third district.

“It’s my first time here,” Gaultier said of his unexpected appearance at the Paris film fest -- given that Paris’ haute couture Fashion Week begins Sunday -- but added that he is looking forward to some discoveries at the festival.