Jean Paul Gaultier
My love for French deisgner Jean Paul Gaultier sparked as soon as a tiny, one-digit-aged version of Lela London found out he invented the cone bra. That love grew exponentially after I read the following interview with Opening Ceremony. It is a must read, my dear.

On his pop hit from the Eighties- “How To Do That” (don’t worry, I’ve attached the video at the end!):
“I sold around 30,000 records – almost made it to the Top 50, but I think that was my last foray into the music business as a musician. I prefer to dress the stars.”

On his first impression of Madonna:
“The first time I saw Madonna was on Top of the Pops. She was singing “Holiday,” and she had a fabulous look. (I actually thought that she was English because she was so stylish.) She was into the same things that I was doing at the time, like crosses, oversized jewelry, and fishnets. The second time I saw her live was at the first MTV awards in New York at Radio City Music Hall. It must have been 1984. She sang “Like A Virgin” in a wedding dress and was simulating “self contentment” or “self satisfaction,” to put it euphemistically. The audience was mostly business people, who were horrified. There were just a few young fans–and me, who absolutely loved it. That is when I realized that she couldn’t care less what others thought of her, and I also saw how powerful she was.”

On the young Jean Paul Gaultier:
“I used to buy all the magazines, look at the collections, and then do my own. And if Dior or Cardin had 300 outfits, I would have 310. I even wrote my own reviews.”

On being an 18-year-old apprentice for Pierre Cardin:
“I learned about freedom from Mr. Cardin. There was an absolute freedom in his studio… He had assistants from all over the world — it was the first time I tried Japanese food with my colleagues from work. It was a great time, and it taught me that you have to have a free spirit to succeed.”

On the source of inspiration:
“Inspiration is never a problem; I usually have too much of it. I sometimes want to say too many things at once. Everything I see can inspire me: the cinema, theater, music.”

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget the video:

Cheryl Cole X Factor
Cheryl Cole trotted along to the first round of auditions for “The X Factor” yesterday at the Galen Center in LA wearing this…ensemble. The majority of critics hate it.

My stance? When you wear an Oscar de la Renta ruffled silk top and Diane von Furstenberg Simca stretch-cotton pants together, you have a perfect presentation for entrance into the US market. On top of that, wearing such bold colour-blocking puts her Yankee Fashion Icon image aspirations in full gear. With the addition of the patent leather belt from Burberry Prorsum, it all felt very right, very Charlie’s Angels 2011.

That said, the electric shock hair turns it into a costume. What a poor styling choice for such a career-defining moment. This ‘look’ will be seen by millions, this will be her first impression. Looking like an extra in The Lion King. Fire your stylist, gorgeous woman. Your X Factor UK style is flawless.