Runway review: Fact is, Anthony Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent is persuasive (and backed by some Kering fundage).

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Fact is, Anthony Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent is persuasive. The mise-en-scène (backed by some Kering fundage) was a cross-cultural phenomena: at one end the Eiffel Tower twinkled and sparkled and at the other, fake white palm trees and a vast pool of water constructed as the runway. 

Vaccarello’s pantheon of leggy models were in the mood too, bounding out in Western–influenced Le Smoking suits and boots. The Creative Director hot-wired himself into the YSL legacy. There were asymmetric bodysuits with cutaways, breton stripes, sheer chiffon dresses, pussy bows, the shot of animal spot, boy-band jackets and micro-shorts. Wide-brim hats and crown-like headpieces adorned the models. If you were to find an inspirational milieu for the clothes, it would be sexy-dressing à la Française.

As the sequence went on and models were strutting brazenly across the water-submerged runway, the message was overarching: women can and should dress however and whenever they want, without fear.

And what’s more persuasive than that?█