Paris Fashion Week has kicked off with a bang, and it is no surprise that Saint Laurent has once again come out with a full season of looks that will have the ultra-chic rebels salivating.
Saint Laurent has always been a brand that walked to the beat of its own drum, mixing sophisticated French styling with edgy street-kid cool that has made it a staple among celebrities and fashion fanatics around the world.
Designer Anthony Vaccarello has only been the creative director since last year but since his reign, he has definitely made his mark on the brand. Many were skeptical about the designer after the “gratuitous nipple display” in his first collection for Spring/Summer 2017, but this season, Vaccarello brought his A-game with a show that was a mix of millennial chic and eighties it-girl. Keeping with recent tradition, Vaccarello used the new and VERY under construction Saint Laurent headquarters to set the tone for his latest show. The bleachers inside of the concrete and plastic-tarp ridden amphitheater along with unbelievably loud music gave the show the raw minimalist edge it needed to show such a strong collection.
Most of the collections this season that have shown over the last month have been inspired by seventies fashion. Jumping forward, Saint Laurent’s collection was a hard dose of refined edge that everyone needed.
For the Fall/Winter collection, Vaccarello presented a collection of basic, yet bold designs made for a woman that is not only beautiful but also confident. Dresses and blouses with strongly exaggerated shoulders, ruched cone-heeled knee-high boots, and wide-lapelled Leather Jackets adorned models with minimalist makeup.
Some of the most exciting designs of the night were the gorgeous heel-less high heels, and the disco-ball dazzling sequin dresses and blouses (below).
As always, there was a wonderful selection of tailored separates. Everything from gorgeous silk blouses with detailed sleeves, tailored trousers, and leather culottes built a strong collection that was not only cool but also wearable.
Molding the Saint Laurent image into his own vision will be a feat following Hedi Slimane’s departure. But as Vaccarello comes into his own at Saint Laurent; we look forward to seeing how his evolution will influence the brand.