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For Spring, Saint Laurent Wants You to Shine like a Diamond

With the glittering Eiffel Tower as the backdrop, Anthony Vacarello reinvents the classics, but also shows us the softer side of the Saint Laurent girl in the house's latest instalment.

As usual, the Saint Laurent show was an electrifying start to Paris Fashion Week. It was a day filled with intermittent showers but the rain stopped just in time for the show. It’s like someone up there just knew, huh? Not that bad weather would come remotely close to dampening the spirits of the show goers as they slowly filled up the seats in the now-favoured open space at Fontaine du Trocadero, where the Eiffel Tower glittered in the background.

All eyes were on the models who paraded down the runway, which was illuminated by the glare of the revolving kleig lights – powered by biofuels, no less. With a grand total of 87 looks, there was just so much to unpack. This season, the opening looks featured tailored jackets in hues of black and navy, paired with tops that featured disco collars, along side statement belts, bermuda cut-off jeans and hot pants. That’s right, short shorts are back this spring.

Perhaps the most unforgettable of it all was how Anthony Vaccarello showed a softer side to the Saint Laurent girl. We’re talking ruffles, off-the-shoulder and barely-there chiffon blouses with pussy bows and pleated lamé skirts. The gold paisley embroidery on prairie dresses was both opulent and intricate, perhaps even a modern take on the “Rich Peasant” Russian collections from the ‘70s.

Needless to say, Vaccarello also nailed it when it came to reinventing the signatures of the house. Beneath the metallic sheen of his reiterations lied a boldness embodied by the classic Le Smoking tuxedos. Vaccarello showed us that the Saint Laurent girl has confidence in spades, even if she is decked out in a bustier with unusually-shaped cutouts and heels emblazoned with the house’s signature Cassandre logo. After all, that’s a fantastic conversation-starting party outfit.

No one was expecting the legendary Naomi Campbell to close the show, and so when she did in a two-piece suit dripping in sequins, heads were turned indeed. It was a reminder – not that we needed any reminding – that the Saint Laurent girl is sexy, strong and someone who shines bright, nay, thrives in the spotlight.

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