Paris is often seen as the grand dame of all fashion weeks – it’s the big finish of fashion month, and is arguably more conventional and serious than New York, London and Milan.
However, judging by the finale of Tuesday night’s show in the French capital, Saint Laurent threw off any semblance of this slightly stuffy reputation.
The location itself was glamorous: A mirrored box in the centre of Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in clear sight.
Much of the show was what we’ve come to expect from Italian Anthony Vaccarello as creative director of the brand, namely uber-sexy clothes inspired by the Eighties. Think big shoulders, short skirts, high stilettos and all black everything, aside from the odd addition of sequins, feathers or animal print.
But then, the atmosphere shifted, as though plunging guests suddenly into a rave or discotheque. The lights were dramatically dimmed and the main source of light came from the glow-in-the-dark outfits appearing to float down the runway. Think sculptural neon dresses and big bright feathers, all in luminous oranges and greens.
Neon is a surprising choice for the normally dark and moody aesthetic of Saint Laurent, but it really went down well with fans of the brand.
that neon finale at Saint Laurent was sexy as hell— the blonde ichiban (@niaws_t) February 26, 2019
and the neon looks omg idk how but anthony really did THAT! i didn’t think neon could fit saint laurent sm— ㅤؘ (@portmandior) February 26, 2019
Idk why but I’m loving the neon from Saint Laurent 😍😍— mycah ines (@mycahines) February 26, 2019
And even those who didn’t love it, can’t deny it was quite the spectacle.
watching the saint laurent runway i was like yeah good classic, elegant, few colors yeah and the eND going all neon oh my god— 𝐥𝐨𝐥𝐚. (@ofvalentino) February 26, 2019
The black, sexy clothes from the beginning of the show are reminiscent of previous creative director Hedi Slimane’s aesthetic.
However, the neon certainly offered something different. Perhaps we can tentatively say it’s the beginning of a new chapter for Saint Laurent.
- Press Association