Wednesday 21 February 2018

A fashion first - Saint Laurent hosts Spring/Summer '18 show under the Eiffel Tower

A model presents a creation by designer Anthony Vaccarello as part of his Spring/Summer 2018 women's ready-to-wear collection show for fashion house Saint Laurent during Paris Fashion Week, France, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
A model presents a creation by designer Anthony Vaccarello as part of his Spring/Summer 2018 women's ready-to-wear collection show for fashion house Saint Laurent during Paris Fashion Week, France, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Kaia Gerber presents creations for Saint Laurent during the women's 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 26: Anja Rubik walks the runway during the Saint Laurent show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 26, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
General view of the runway during the Saint Laurent show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 26, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
People arrive for Saint Laurent during the women's 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
Kaia Gerber presents a creation for Saint Laurent during the women's 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for Saint Laurent during the women's 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for Saint Laurent during the women's 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for Saint Laurent during the women's 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation for Saint Laurent during the women's 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
Kaia Gerber presents a creation for Saint Laurent during the women's 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

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Saint Laurent's spring/summer 2018 collection was unveiled underneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Tuesday night.

Celebrating the French label's heritage, creative director Anthony Vaccarello chose the iconic landmark as the destination for his latest show, held as part of Paris Fashion Week, and drawing in celebrity names such as Lenny Kravitz, Courtney Love, Robin Wright and Kate Moss.

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 26: Anja Rubik walks the runway during the Saint Laurent show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 26, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 26: Anja Rubik walks the runway during the Saint Laurent show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 26, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The presentation opened with a model wearing an army-green miniskirt, gold chiffon shirt, and black blazer with gold piping on the pockets. A bohemian aesthetic was evident in a procession of floaty peasant-style tops and slouchy shorts, either accessorised with gold jewellery or made from fabrics with metallic flecks.

While Vaccarrello's signature silhouettes, the one-shouldered minidress and jumpsuit with plunging neckline, were offered up in colourful jacquard fabrics heavy on gold accents. An avant-garde feel was apparent in a strapless black velvet dress with finely embroidered floral details which featured an unusual scalloped neckline, as well as loose separates and floaty tops.

It seems a modern Saint Laurent girl will need to be prepared to try out black leather trousers too, as several models showed off the style, while lace-up high heels were also a key accessory throughout the line.

For the men, Vaccarello designed sharp monochromatic suits which were worn with sheer shirts printed with vibrant patterns or tiger stripes.

Kaia Gerber presents creations for Saint Laurent during the women's 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
Kaia Gerber presents creations for Saint Laurent during the women's 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

And when it came to the eveningwear section of the evening, there was a focus on bubble hems and voluminous sleeves, many of which were accessorised with feather trim. For instance, model Kaia Gerber rocked the runway in a bubble-like black strapless dress accessorised with sheer tights and black satin high heels.

Yet, fashion wasn't the only focus at the show, and Vaccarello also paid tribute to Yves Saint Laurent brand co-founder Pierre Berge, who died earlier this month.

A card was placed on each seat with a quote from a letter Berge wrote to Laurent after his death in 2008, and read, "Maybe this is crazy love. The love of two madmen."

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