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Backstage polaroids capture the duality on display in the fall collection for SAINT LAURENT. Photography courtesy of saint laurent.
Backstage polaroids capture the duality on display in the fall collection for SAINT LAURENT. Photography courtesy of saint laurent.
Backstage polaroids capture the duality on display in the fall collection for SAINT LAURENT. Photography courtesy of saint laurent.
Backstage polaroids capture the duality on display in the fall collection for SAINT LAURENT. Photography courtesy of saint laurent.
Backstage polaroids capture the duality on display in the fall collection for SAINT LAURENT. Photography courtesy of saint laurent.

Dark Star

by C California Style

Duality is on display backstage at Saint Laurent

KAIA GERBER wearing a Bustier dress, $4,990, and Fishbone earrings, $1,995. Photography courtesy of 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.

Fashion designer ANTHONY VACCARELLO. Photography courtesy of saint laurent.

“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.