“Saint Laurent is dangerous elegance” according to the current artistic director of the house, Anthony Vaccarello.
Paris, September 2019. The Trocadéro Gardens once again hosted the highly scripted fashion show of the Saint Laurent house. There, with the Eiffel Tower in the background, the YSL women set off in the pouring but poetic rain. All in legs, the goddesses of the night sported the iconic gimmicks initiated by Yves Saint Laurent in the last century. The Tuxedo, of course, but also and above all the hippie-glam inspiration!
It must be said that the revolution brought by Mr. Yves largely consisted in magnifying the gimmicks-fashion of a street then bolting of freedom. We thus find the turbans and the bohemian spirit Rive Gauche so worn by Loulou de la Falaise. But this time, it’s combined with other key YSL fashion effects that Anthony Vaccarello thinks about them. The bohemian dresses here embrace the see-through effects, when the iconic blouse of the house does not reappear on the shoulders of Freja Beha, in a version quite close to the original.
The emphasis on seventies opulence is alongside the very contemporary simplicity of elegantly low-cut tank tops, when they are not downright transparent! This is the whole point of such a house – to handle with elegance and refinement the sulphurous to distinction. As Anthony Vaccarello sums it up, “Saint Laurent is dangerous elegance.”