Piper & Gaultier French Can Can Champagne Première à Cannes
Champagne. Can-Cannes. Action.
In spectacular fashion, more theatre than cinema, the latest release of Piper Heidsieck Champagne by Jean Paul Gaultier was unmasked on the red carpet at Cannes.
Piper Heisdseick has been the official Champagne of the Cannes Film Festival since 1978. Stars are photographed each year on the famous Piper red sofa that was created to commemorate the first collaboration. Piper “La Piscine” Champagne on the rocks was also launched during the festival in 2008.
On a contemporary tapis rouge exactly ten years after the Baz Lurhmann film “Moulin Rouge” opened the Cannes Film Festival in 2001, another Piper premiere again brought Montmartre to the Mediterranean, to do a Champagne French Can Can at Cannes.
To set the scene, red and black decorations at the Marché Forville contrasted with a signature blue and white striped t-shirt worn by Jean Paul Gaultier. The fisherman’s top and fishnet decorations quoted the historical and cultural heritage of the market and the sea of this once fishing village.
Under spotlight, stars including Rossy de Palma, Paz Vega and Inès de la Fressange posed. The backdrop swirling with energy and movement slowly revealed high-kicking legs with stiletto heels superimposed over champagne bottles and then the real dancing girls arrived and La Caneille played.
A 200 metre red banquet table was covered in black fish net and decorated with black goblets and candelabras. Red and black feathers replaced flowers in vases as table arrangements.
The new bottle design captures the spirit of Can Can with simple symbols. Black fishnet stockings bound with a delicately tied black ribbon bow and, like a garter, Gaultier has added a Murano like red mask around the neck that evokes mystery and disguise, and a Venetian ball. The mask is removable like the Piper Heidsieck Rare souvenir ring.
Jean Paul Gaultier returned to the red carpet later during the festival with film director Pedro Almodóvar for costumes he designed for La Piel que Habito (“The Skin I Live In”), with Rossy de Palma again dressed in red and black like a live Piper Can Can poupé. Gaultier also designed the costumes for Almodóvar’s 1990 film “Tie me up! Tie me down”.
This is the second Piper costume design by Jean Paul Gaultier. His 1999 quite shocking red vinyl corset seems a more contemporary contrast to the latest historical French Can Can theme.
Christian Labourtin cast a burlesque stiletto flute in 2009 called “Le Rituel”. While images of fetish and fantasy, there is always an element of fun and innocence with Piper Champagne – the Prince and the Cinderella glass slipper.
However, this Piper Champagne Can Can kicked on well after midnight in Cannes.
Another secret design by Jean Paul Gaultier will be launched at the end of the year.
A Piper collection of a corset, shoe and stockings – what will be next?