CONTINUALLY taking us across the world to indulge in their latest collections, Saint Laurent ensured that even though the past year has kept us inside, they would still digitally take us on an adventure. The autumn-winter 2021 presentation was no different. If anything, it may not be topped.
Beginning to unfold the narrative for next season, we were taken to the icy terrain of the Arctic before being whirled onto the moss padded terrain of some foreign land and then to the bottom of unknown black cliffs and then a dark coloured beach, all interchanging within seconds – talk about first class.
The magic of CGI gave the French fashion house, known for its rich, bourgeoise attitude and style, a new stomping ground to show off in.
Creative director Anthony Vaccarello took a new approach to this collection and injected this collection with the spirit of the sixties and a tsunami of colour. Tweed suits with fur hems redefined the meaning of mini and the heaps of fashion jewellery adorned by the models made it clear that minimalism is out of style.
Metallic bodysuits were the common denominator throughout the collection which gave the looks a lightheartedness to them, a little mockery to the extravagance that Vaccarello decided on.
Citing Peaches, the Canadian musician with two-toned hair and a carefree persona, as inspiration for the collection as her “glitzy imperfections” resonated with the Saint Laurent woman he had in mind, Anthony Vaccarello blurred the lines between too much and not enough.
The designer comments on this juxtaposition, “Serious matters push you to take other things less seriously, finding the balance while staying on the edge is a sophisticated aptitude.”
Embellished sleeveless tops accompanied with fur hats were paired with a pair of tights, yes that is it. The time to finally enjoying our Roaring Twenties may be in sight, and Saint Laurent wants you to not take it too seriously – forgetting your skirt is now fashionable. Oh, and also mini skirts are back.