We've become accustomed to a magnificent light show at Saint Laurent, and once again, creative director Hedi Slimane did not disappoint. Guests arriving at the Grand Palais were greeted by a giant modular sculpture of neon pipes hanging in geometric compositions over the catwalk designed by Slimane.
As the show began with Edie Campbell looking churlish, yet determined, her roughly cropped do and sharp shouldered mini dress pointing directly towards the 1980s power era, the tubes lit up gradually to create a grid. While the show progressed – this season with a more defined link to the house's archives, Yves Saint Laurent's iconic lip print and Le Smoking cues included – the overhead shapes continued to morph, offering up an impressive light show that mimicked the work of graphic artist Guy de Cointet.
On the runway, Slimane proposed Prince of Wales check for day, by night, leather, over a sheer blouse – another key archive redux. Then taking over the styling duties himself, the designer played with Lurex bobby-socks, kitten heeled Mary Janes and diamante drop earrings, (last worn in 1999 if we remember correctly), from the same year as dance-punk band Liars' original edit of the show's soundtrack Mr Your On Fire Mr.