Shop the interactive Saint Laurent Fall 2021 RTW collection as Anthony Vaccarello is among those inspired by natural landscapes with a film shot in a myriad of sweeping, cinematic locations including frozen arctic tundras and Middle Earth-style barren landscapes.
“I knew I wanted a wintry location,” he said in a post-show interview. “One which showed how strong nature is; how we are really nothing next to it, how ephemeral we are. It’s not a place where anyone is going skiing, but Saint Laurent should do something that’s like a dream: What the F?! Why is she there?”
Every season Vaccarello’s exploration of the YSL archive has a welcome air of mystery to it. This time round, he was drawn to Monsieur Saint Laurent’s classically elegant mid ’60s tailleurs rendered in menswear fabrics; just the kind of thing Belle wore when she started working during du Jour. He ratcheted up the cool factor by cutting the jackets lean and sinuous and then matching the length of their hems to his skirts. Then he swapped out Saint Laurent’s then preferred monochromatic palette with a fabulously opulent and in your face array of violet, cobalt, gold, and chartreuse.
Finishing the looks off, he slipped gleaming metallic stretch bodysuits or the tiniest of leather miniskirts under the tailoring. Then he loaded up on the bijoux, great gleaming gorgeous fistfuls of the stuff; chandelier earrings, strasse bracelets, and chokers with a four-leaf-clover motif, something else sourced from the archive. It would be remiss not to mention the ultra-long leather boots or the wickedly pointy metal-tipped heels.