Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2020

With Anthony Vaccarello at the helm of the label, YSL showcased its Spring/Summer 2020 collection last night in front of a gorgeous Parisian backdrop.

This year the Parisian label erected a runway complete with light beams opposite the Eiffel Tower at night, turning the show into one of the biggest events during the week.

As for the collection Anthony Vaccarello took inspiration from what Yves Saint Laurent created throughout the 20th century and channeled it into a modern and contemporary design. Taking on the classic Le Smoking suits, Vaccarello brought back tailoring, shape and cut-offs in the SS20 collection.

Applying his signature rock-inspired aesthetic, the range saw an experiment of materials which ranged from pleated lamé skirts to chiffon blouses, as well as chic necklines, sexy silhouettes and Western-like boots. Tailored jackets and short shorts dominated the range, as well as gorgeous materials and opulent embroidery, emphasizing Saint Laurent’s luxury yet wearable aesthetic. Of course, we also saw party-ready dresses and sequin-clad pieces in true Vaccarello fashion.

All in all, the Spring/Summer 2020 range was a softer take on the signature rocker-chic aesthetic that Anthony Vaccarello has applied to Saint Laurent, with softer silhouettes and materials taking the spotlight. Consisting of a total of 87 looks, the collection was closed off by none other than Naomi Campbell, who wore a sequin two-piece suit that glittered in the spotlights.

Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2019

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Designer Anthony Vaccarello presented Saint Laurent’s Spring Summer 2019 collection at Trocadéro Fountains with rows of illuminated white palm trees, the Eiffel Tower as their backdrop and models splashing down the runway. The collection was infused with ’60s, ’70s vibes with velvet blazers, sheer, star-studded blouses, and black, seen on everything from sweeping evening gowns to tuxedos to shift dresses glittering with diamantes and embellished stars and hearts. See the full lineup below.

KAIA GERBER STARS IN SAINT LAURENT’S FALL 2018 CAMPAIGN

Saint Laurent has tapped model-of-the-moment Kaia Gerber to star in its fall campaign. Photographed by David Sims, the black-and-white images feature the 16-year-old model posing against the backdrop of The Velvet Underground’s “Venus in Furs.” With styling from Stylist Alastair McKimm. Check out the campaign images and a video below.

Saint Laurent Fall Winter 2018 PFW

Anthony Vaccarello presented yet another edgy Fall 2018 collection for Saint Laurent, with a sultry silhouettes topped with sharp brimmed hats. The all-black women’s lineup featured versatile leather shorts, fur coats, romantic blouses, high-function decorative flourish and sparkly sequined blazers. For the eveningwear, there was a mix of floor-length gowns with artful necklines.

According to WWD, backstage after the show, Vaccarello said he was inspired by “the Russian collection of Monsieur Saint Laurent, but with more of a Parisian direction.” He name-checked Loulou and Betty [de la Falaise] and [Catroux], and theme-checked bohemian, street and tailoring.  See the full collection below.

Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2018 Campaign

 

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The latest Saint Laurent Spring 2018 ad campaign takes us back to the 80’s, starring models and frequent Saint Laurent muses Raquel Zimmermann, Anja Rubik & Cara Taylor. The images were shot on an industrial style rooftop by the dynamic duo Inez and Vinoodh with the creative direction of none other than Anthony Vaccarello himself. Check out the new campaign images below and the video, which dropped at the beginning of the year.

 

 

Designer Of The Week: Hedi Slimane

 

Hedi-SlimaneHedi Slimane is one of the most charismatic designers of the modern fashion world. He has been named the new Artistic and Creative director of Céline, and will present his first Céline catwalk show in Paris in September. Hedi replaces Phoebe Philo who quit the house this autumn.

Hedi Slimane

Slimane was born to a Tunisian father and an Italian mother and in 1968 in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. At 11, he discovered photography, received his first camera and learned black and white darkroom printing. At 16, without fashion in mind, Slimane started making his own clothes. He studied Art History at the École du Louvre and completed a tailor apprenticeship at a men’s designer house. Early in his career, he visited the offices of Le Monde, as he wished to become a journalist and reporter.

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The Frenchman began his career as an assistant in fashion marketing at Yves Saint Laurent in the 1990s, quickly rising through the ranks to become a designer, before he shot to prominence following his creative directorship of Dior Homme, and his popularisation of a skinny silhouette in menswear. In 2012, he returned to Saint Laurent to helm the brand’s womenswear and menswear labels. In his four years in the position, Slimane’s creative directorship divided opinion, but his LA youth culture-driven collections commanded the attention of the global fashion industry and drove stellar financial results. In April 2016 he departed the storied Parisian house.

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Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 15 runway perfectly summarises Hedi’s signature aesthetic.

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Hedi Slimane Leaves Saint Laurent

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According to WWD, Slimane’s initial contract as Saint Laurent’s creative and image director expired on Thursday. Parent company Kering didn’t name a successor or give a reason for the departure, but said it would soon announce a new creative structure. “What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house,” François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, said in a joint statement with Saint Laurent. “I am very grateful to Hedi Slimane, and the whole Yves Saint Laurent team, for having set the path that the house has successfully embraced, and which will grant longevity to this legendary brand.”

Slimane’s exit delivers another shock to the French fashion scene, wracked late last year by the exit of Raf Simons from Dior and the ousting of Alber Elbaz from Lanvin.

Check out below Slimane’s key milestones at Saint Laurent on the timeline created by Stylight.