At Saint Laurent, There Is No Such Thing as Too Much Latex
From fetish to fashion, skin-tight latex rules the runway at Saint Laurent. Who needs to breathe anyway?| March 2, 2020
Zoe Kravitz a.k.a. Catwoman in Matt Revees’s The Batman (slated for release later this year), sat front row at Saint Laurent’s Fall/Winter 2020 showcase in Paris. Celebrity sightings at fashion week are a dime a dozen but Kravitz’s warrants special mention. Because if Catwoman was real, the collection that unfolded at the showing was essentially her wardrobe.
When you think Catwoman, you might not even be certain what her super powers are but what you would probably be more familiar with is her skin-tight catsuit. The row of spotlights that lit up the runway, too, called to mind the Bat-Signal. I’m merely theorising here – the implied references are purely a stretch of my imagination. That aside, you could call the collection Anthony Vaccarello’s chime into the conversation of women and their sexuality – the season’s hot topic.
At Saint Laurent, sex appeal comes in heavy doses on the regular. This season, Vaccarello upped the ante with latex. I guess Catwoman and the Kardashians were ahead of the curve with this soon-to-be trend. The show opened with an oversized tailored check jacket, pussy bow blouse and latex combination – a full throwback to the ’90s. Latex showed itself throughout the collection in an array of reincarnations from dresses to draped blouses, midi skirts and bralettes. It was all rendered in multiple colour combinations, too.
Admittedly, these are clothes made for a specific kind of woman. In the words of Vaccarello, “My woman has the power of doing what she wants…she’s not submissive.” She wears the pants and in latex no less. This is exactly where Saint Laurent stands in the feminist conversation. Perhaps, clothes do not define a woman but where she finds her strength is in having the power to dress as she may please.
The devil may care but the Saint Laurent woman does not.
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