"Hanging in the balance between right and wrong, the ephemeral takes over..."


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After so long cooped up inside, many of us our dreaming of sunnier climes. Quite rightly, too. Though Saint Laurent’s (virtual) fashion show for autumn winter 2021 made a strong case for the big chill - transporting us to an alien arctic landscape (think icebergs, waterfalls, blank sandy beaches and heathered hills).

“When I was thinking about this collection, I had this place in mind, like a movie director,” explained Vaccarrelo, who refused to precise where exactly he filmed the show, elusively christened ‘Where The Silver Wind Blows’ (though, models’ agents confirm that the filming took place earlier this spring in Iceland).


The clothes were just as epic as the backdrop. “Standing against the hostile nature ground, Anthony Vaccarello’s Winter 21 collection shakes up Saint Laurent’s bourgeois codes,” according to show notes. “Hanging in the balance between right and wrong, the ephemeral takes over. Colors clash against the black scene, exactly where the clothes were imagined. Unshapely metal bodies come together with sixties tweed suits and fur hems, claiming their effortless nature.”

This season, the fashion house sought inspiration from the wardrobe of cult noughties electro icon, Peaches. Borrowing her “glitzy imperfections”; blurring the lines between “cheesy and luxurious.” Models marched fearlessly atop of volcanic rocks, pebbled beaches and mossy slopes, in an array of hyper-glamourous looks: miniskirts, semi-opaque tights, metallic bodysuits and lamé knits, styled with in contrasting tweed jackets in punchy hues (fuchsia, violet, tomato red, grassy green and cobalt blue) and signature stilettos or thigh-high leather boots. Finishing touches included uber-chunky jewellery with XL gemstones and faux fur hats reminiscent of Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic Russian collection. Set against the piercing and ethereal sounds of Sebastian’s remix of Max Richter’s hit Sarajevo. Glamour + music + escapism in lands far far away = a serious post-pandemic mood.


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