Saint Laurent’s Paris Fashion Week show ended with neon glow-in-the-dark clothes

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.

(Christophe Ena/AP)

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.

(Christophe Ena/AP)

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.

(Christophe Ena/AP)

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.

And even those who didn’t love it, can’t deny it was quite the spectacle.

The black, sexy clothes from the beginning of the show are reminiscent of previous creative director Hedi Slimane’s aesthetic.

(Christophe Ena/AP)

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

More on this topic

Seven beauty tricks to update your look for spring

Trend of the week: How to simmer in a boiler suit

Lend me your ear: How body piercing became a fashion statement

Everything you need to know about fashion movement #TheYeehawAgenda

More in this Section

Five celebrities open up about male anxiety

Out of Africa and into Cork's Live at the Marquee

Sex advice with Suzi Godson: We’re getting divorced — but we’re still having sex

Open your mind to making an entrance

Latest Showbiz

Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter chides her for posting picture without permission

Controversial changes to EU online copyright laws set for final vote

More From The Irish Examiner