Dear Mr. Gaultier,
Every few years or so, some designer decides that the time has come for the mullet to make a comeback. This time, it was you.
As you know, what happens on the catwalk does not always stay on the catwalk. The runway is not Vegas, Mr. Gaultier, and I believe that as a designer who has the power to influence millions of fashion forward individuals, you have a moral and social responsibility to lead them in the right direction.
While this year’s Paris fall ’13 fashion week included several questionable hairstyles, such as Rick Owens’s windblown cross between Cousin It and Grace Coddington,
and A.F. Vandevorst’s bangs that carry a significant safety risk,
nothing comes close to the travesty that occurred on your runway. You, Mr. Gaultier, are solely responsible for presenting a hairstyle that could potentially have devastating social consequences. Clearly, you do not understand that the mullet is not just a hairstyle – it is a lifestyle. Envision fashionistas the world over embracing this lifestyle. Imagine rusty cars adorning untended lawns; unsuspecting victims trading in their Honda Civics for 1982 Camaros; models once idolized for their appearance and given unlimited access to the most exclusive clubs and bars in the world sporting beer bellies and hanging out at bowling alleys.
And most of all, Mr. Gaultier, think of the children. Many an innocent child has fallen victim to this abhorrent hairdo. I urge you, beg you even, to stop the madness. You have the power to put an end to the scourge of the mullet. Are you prepared to accept responsibility for children walking around looking like this?:
If the mullet catches on, I’m holding you personally responsible, Mr. Gaultier. I wait with anticipation for your next collection and truly hope that in the future, you will more carefully consider the consequences of your actions.
(Images from style.com and thegloss.com)