Duality is on display backstage at Saint Laurent
Unabashedly plunging necklines and legs for days are creative director Anthony Vaccarello’s trademarks, and yet the Italian-Belgian’s razor-sharp tailoring this fall at Saint Laurent is once again slyly reinventing the bombshell reveal, one abbreviated dress at a time.
At the French fashion house’s Fall/Winter 2018 show in Paris, eye-obscuring, wide-brim black hats and massive earrings conjured an aura of mystery for a leather shorts-clad Kaia Gerber. Adut Akech and Jamie Bochert’s antelope hair and fur-topped minidresses created sculptural silhouettes with sultry flashes of shoulders amid up-to-there hemlines. And, in a juxtaposition evoking one of Vaccarello’s favored design tropes—borrowed from Saint Laurent himself—frocks awash in primary-colored blooms closed out the show following the black-hued offerings.
“The show begins with dark silhouettes, a sharp, mysterious elegance,” Vaccarello explains. “Then it turns into a colorful, opulent atmosphere, a bright spirit. I really like women’s duality, very Saint Laurent,” he adds. ysl.com.
Written by ELIZABETH VARNELL.