Paris met Miami in Saint Laurent’s SS19 show with models walking on water with the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the background.
Creative director Anthony Vaccarello does two things well: sensuality and tailoring. For the latest collection, he referenced the 60’s through sparkling shift dresses and velvet blazers, before moving to the 70’s with tuxedo suits, leather and frilly shirts. There was plenty of the familiar mini silhouettes to choose from, as well as lace trim camis, bodysuits and corseted trousers.
Half-way through, he took the collection West with cowboy hats, star embellished jackets and dresses as well as tiny corduroy shorts before throwing it back to the 80’s with sheer gowns and plenty of gold accents in forms of a bomber, cape and playsuit.
As bleached palm trees lined the water covered runway that models splashed through with every step, out came the swimwear in black and fierce leopard print alongside some kaftans. The swimsuits were structured, cut out and twisted to highlight various parts of body – some were decorated in sequins that we can imagine lighting up a few yachts in Cannes and Ibiza next summer.
It was a celebration of fearless female sensuality. Vaccarello appreciates that every woman has provocative side, and in his collections, he always gives the covered and uncovered options for them to express it with confidence.