See-Through Blouse, Smoking And Hippie Spirit For Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 2020

“Saint-Laurent is dangerous elegance” according to the maison’s artistic director Anthony Vaccarello. 

Paris, September 2019. The gardens of the Trocadéro are home once again to the highly scripted runway show of Saint Laurent. There, with the Eiffel Tower as backdrop, the YSL women strut sleekly under a roaring but poetic rain. All in legs, these goddesses of the night wear the iconic gimmicks of Yves Saint Laurent initiated in the last century. The Smoking, of course but also the hippie-glam inspiration!

It must be said that the revolution brought on by Monsieur Yves consisted largely to magnify the fashion-gimmicks of a street that was once brimming with freedom. We find the turbans and the bohemian spirit of the Rive Gauche which were adorned by Loulou de la Falaise. This time, however, it is combined to entirely different key motifs of YSL fashion thought up by Anthony Vaccarello. The bohemian dresses embrace the see-through effect, while the iconic blouse of the house reappears on the shoulder of Freja Beha in a version all close to the original.

The beautiful credit to the seventies opulence carries the very contemporary simplicity of the cut out débardeur when it is made almost transparent! And that is where all the merit of such a house lies – to meddle with elegance and refinement the sulphurous with the distinctive.. but as resumes Anthony Vaccarello, “Saint Laurent is dangerous elegance”.