Saint Laurent put on a spectacular show under the lights of the Eiffel Tower to showcase the Spring/Summer 2022 collection, designed by Anthony Vaccarello.
With an impressive backdrop and a spectacular waterfall alongside the runway, this was a show that will go down in history. After taking a break from the runway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Saint Laurent truly came back with a bang!
Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello wanted to pay tribute to French designer and socialite Paloma Picasso and her independence of spirit. More specifically, he was inspired by a quote from Pierre Bergé, Co-Founder of Yves Saint Laurent, that depicts the moment the designer met Picasso:
“We were invited to a friend’s house who was throwing a party. At one point, I no longer spot Yves. I look for him and find him with a young unknown girl. She had wedge heels, a turban on her head, and things she had tinkered into clothes. It was Paloma Picasso. ” Pierre Bergé.
The image of Picasso and her iconic style and a moment that was pivotal in Yves Saint Laurent’s career as meeting Picasso opened up fee new artistic paths for the designer.
Vaccarello embraces Piccasso’s energy and freedom, as well as her seductiveness – elements that are synonymous with the house.
Silhouettes were tight on the body, tall and slim these figure-hugging styles are for the most body-confident of women, while structured jackets and mini dresses featured boxy cuts that are elegant and stylish. Classic jackets and blazers with strong structure evoke strength and power.
Colour was a key part of this collection with flashes of bold hues such as orange, blue and purple lighting up the runway, juxtaposed with classic monochrome pieces. Floral prints added edgy femininity with prints being pulled from the house’s archives.
“For a long time, I wanted to transpose this meeting between Paloma Picasso and Yves Saint Laurent, whose importance few realize in the designer’s creative journey. It is a moment to which I am sensitive as a designer, because for me it is the defining moment when Saint Laurent’s fashion creativity became a style.” Explained Anthony Vaccarello
See more of the collection below and scroll down to watch the video:
Watch the full show here: