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PARIS: JEAN-CHARLES DE CASTELBAJAC F/W 09

BY Sharon Feiereisen

If there’s one person that can consistently be counted on to put on an entertaining show, it’s Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.

Catelbajac, like Franco Moschino, is about having fun with fashion and his vision and creativity and has made it possible for designers like Jeremy Scott and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada to enjoy the success they’ve had today.

His designs are consistently clever, whimsical, but also about making a statement – last season he showed a pro-Obama yellow sequin dress with "I dream of change today” emblazoned on the back.

This season, models threw Obama-printed money into the crowd and the designer showed a $1-bill dress with the Present on it (in place of George Washington), as well.

JC/DC was one of the 30 designers picked to design a dress inspired by Rykiel to be shown in her honor during her 40th anniversary celebration last season and he ended up showing two satin screen-printed hair dresses that looked nearly identical to the one he showed at Rykiel’s homage in his own collection that season.

For Fall/Winter 2009 he once again showed another such dress, but with the image of Andy Warhol – fitting because JC/DC’s work certainly has a Warhol quality to it.

The designer showed some delightful Kermit the Frog-inspired hats, sweaters, dresses and a coat made of Kermit stuffed animals (that kind of reminded me of Fernando and Humberto Campana iconic stuffed animal chairs), Michael Jackson and Clint Eastwood dresses, leopard meets Lego-colors two-piece looks (the designer has been inspired by Lego in the past), and wholly wearable plaid blanket coats.

This was another flawlessly executed JC/DC collection that one can not help but smile over.

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Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.