Saint Laurent A/W 2018

Saint Laurent A/W 2018

Anthony Vaccarello embraces high-octane glamour for autumn

Scene setting: On a sub-zero night in Paris, guests piled into a cavernous showspace next to the Fontaine du Trocadéro, a vast hangar illuminated on the inside and outside by row upon row of spotlights (providing warmth for freezing fashion editors), and resembling a huge illuminated nightclub or a Saint Laurent spaceship. As the show began, male and female models strutted the catwalk in the brand’s specialty high-octane glamour – all to a futuristic techno soundtrack and lit up by rows of spotlights.

Mood board: Entering a Saint Laurent showspace is like entering an alternative universe of glamour and sensuality, a feeling only heightened on such a freezing evening. Anthony Vaccarello’s nighttime collection was brimming with power shouldered mini dresses, lace, leather and fur. The men’s looks had a Western flair, as models sported undercuts, velvet suits and cowboy boots. Nearly 30 closing looks featured thigh-skimming party dresses in pretty floral sequins; while, unusually for a Saint Laurent show, a section of sleek black dresses boasted floor length hems and plunging necklines. Sultry Spanish chic.

Finishing touches: The styling had a 1970s flair, models stomping on the catwalk in towering platform boots, concealing fedoras, fur hats and headscarves. Fronds of feathers embellished stilettos and blingy rhinestone jewellery swung from the ears, twinkling in the beams of the spotlit show set.