SAINT LAURENT PARIS FALL WINTER SHOW 2022
SAINT LAURENT FASHION SHOW:
PARIS FALL WINTER 2022
At least once in their life, everyone has imagined living in Paris, a fashionable, elegant, and aesthetic lifestyle. Parisians are known for their sharp fashion sense and chic clothing. Paris is one of the fashion capitals and the most romantic place in the world and it is no surprise that French Fashion brand Saint Laurent has chosen this very place to showcase one of its most memorable and alluring fashion shows in history in the Saint Laurent Fashion Show.
It could be said that the fashion brand knew what it was doing when it chose the location where the Eiffel tower, a distinctive and prestigious symbol of France's history as well as a famous symbol for romance, was the backdrop of the show. The sight of the tower overlooking the show with the magnificent lighting coming from the tower was a majestic & surreal sight to behold.
Anthony Vaccarello, the designer and the director of the show is known for his mastery of selling sensuality in the form of clothing. He is most known for making Saint Laurent dresses sheer, with minuscule hemlines, and obscenely low-cut necklines. But, surprisingly, this year when the trends are actually matching his aesthetics, he had taken the creative decision to change the whole philosophy and style of his designs. There is a glimpse of his old style here and there. In his own words, this year the designer was heavily inspired by the British heiress and activist Nancy Cunard, and also by his Belgian roots. The bangles used in the show were a clear show of the inspiration he got from Nancy as those chunky bangles were one of her personal styling staples.
As we know, in recent times, our relationship with androgyny has changed drastically and this was successfully shown in the show. The androgynous style is also inspired heavily by Cunard's personal style statement. The coolness that could be seen with the long silhouettes from every single design in the line was a throwback to 90's Belgium. The colour palette remained strictly monochromatic with big coats and faux fur being the star of the show. The shoes were in a league of their own. The infamous Saint Laurent boots and Saint Laurent heels were spectacular and gave an extra edge to the whole look.
The makeup and the hair were also spectacularly well matched with the whole theme of the show. Karin Westerlund the creative head of makeup did not stick to the norms and played with the makeup daringly. Most of the models had rather natural looks but elements of the makeup were colourful and vibrant. Some models were shown glamorously sporting royal blue smokey shadows and some were sporting rich purple. The iconic Saint Laurent's cat eye with a powdery look also made appearances a few times in the show. The skin of the models looked refreshing and was left bare. There was not much done to the lips or brows either. The lips of many models had a peachy colour while the brows were brushed or bleached.
Duffy, the famous runway hairstylist made the creative decision to let the hair be as natural as possible taking inspiration from the philosophy of French beauty standards. Most models were seen with messy low buns at the nape of their neck with fluffs & and frizz here and there. One of the eye-catching looks was where the model was seen sporting messy hair with frizz & fluffs, with a beautiful low-cut neckline Saint Laurent dress and Saint Laurent Heels.
It should be also mentioned the ambience of the show was something otherworldly. As mentioned before, the Eiffel tower made the show surreal but it should also be mentioned that the circular lighting on the ceiling and the pale pink colour carpets on the runaway made the models look ethereal while walking down the runaway in monochromatic colours. The slouching long silhouettes of the models matched well with the overall aesthetic that was being followed in the show.
After the show ended, it was the talk of the town as it should be. It was well applauded for being laid back and the dresses being rather practical & sensible, different from Anthony Vaccarello's general aesthetics. It could be said that Vaccarello shifted from his general party girl aesthetics to a style that suits elegant ladies. The designs are made in such a way that they are not just limited to the models or celebrities wearing them in various award shows or functions or runaways, rather any regular & elegant woman could be imagined in them. This practicality and inclusion of the general public in the world of couture fashion is a feat in itself.
Now, the looks that had been talked about so much should also be discussed as to why they were such head turners and could possibly change the fashion industry forever. Some of them are discussed below.
The first look of the show and the show opener was a showstopper itself. It showed all the elements that Anthony Vaccarello wanted his audience to see. The look was a long flowy white dress with an oversized blazer having a broad shoulder. It was the perfect balance of femineity & masculinity. The look was further accessorized with big chunky bangles, sunglasses, and earrings. The model wore Saint Laurent heels, giving an extra edge to the overall look. The makeup and hair were kept to the bare minimum with pink lips and a bun with a side part, the overall look was very elegant.
The second look was a long oversized single-breasted leather jacket with mesh starting from below the knees and this look was paired with golden earrings, bangles, and black Saint Laurent heels. The model sported her natural short hair with near to no makeup. The overall look gave a very 90's feel and vibes. This look was rather chic and cool.
The next look in the line was a long black dress with broad shoulders, a turtle neck, long sleeves, and a fishtail bottom. The model wore minimal makeup and the look was accessorized with the signature bangles of the show and silver rings. The look was clean and simple and looked very elegant.
The fourth look in the line was an alternative version of the second look. Here the model was sporting a brown parka jacket similar to the first model and a fishtail shape was being formed by the mesh at the bottom, giving the dress a kind of mermaid style. The hair was tied in a bun and the model had minimal makeup done on her face. The look was accessorized with only bangles.
The fifth look in the line was rather different from the first few looks. The model was wearing a long sleeve, a low cut flowy brown gown that was clinched at the waist and had creases on the side. The only accessory was a big white stone ring on the model's left hand. The look was paired with Saint Laurent heels just like the other ones. The silhouette looked absolutely mesmerizing & elegant.
One of the looks that were quite in line with the designer's old style and had elements of his new aesthetics was the one where the model was wearing a long black sleeveless and backless dress. The dress had a very low neckline and a slit on the left side running up to the upper thigh, it also had a small trail behind. The model sported a sleek bun. The look was accessorized with rings. The look was completed with Saint Laurent stilettos with a braided strap. It was a classical Anthony Vaccarello look.
There were many more amazing looks that were head turners and quite attention-grabbing and the last look that was chosen by the designer to end the show was a very good choice to end such a spectacular show. It gave the show a good ending. The last look was an oversized black blazer with straight black pants paired with high heels. There was no shirt placed under the blazer. The idea of not putting a shirt under the blazer made the look sensual yet classy and professional. It had the perfect balance of feminine and masculine features. The silhouette looked absolutely stunning and the best part was any office woman can be wearing this look and look wonderful herself! It was a killer look.
The show ended with a banger. It was a successful show that left quite an impact on the viewers. It won't be wrong to say that Anthony Vaccarello really hit the point this time too. The show could be counted as one of the top shows in the fashion of Saint Laurent's history. But it should be mentioned that there was only one drawback that everyone pointed out. It was the lack of diversity in the silhouettes. The show only featured models with traditional runway model looks and features. It did not showcase any inclusivity for people having different silhouettes and sizes. In the era of body positivity and body neutrality, it is high time that people of every size and shape should be included in such shows.
The show was immensely successful in its own right and was almost flawless. This show has led to people anticipating what Saint Laurent might have next in the line. WE could only hope for something greater and better!
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