Do not go gen­tle

Black is the new black, but this time it’s shiny, sculp­tured and very sexy

ELLE (Malaysia) - - STYLE FEATURE -

An­thony Vac­carello’s sopho­more sea­son for Saint Lau­rent is full of high-oc­tane mo­ments, achieved by bold shapes, high-rise hem­lines and a mix of tex­tures hard and soft. And no sin­gle ma­te­rial en­cap­su­lates the sig­na­ture Saint Lau­rent drama bet­ter than patent leather in all its glossy glory. The house of Saint Lau­rent and patent leather have a lit­er­ally sto­ried past, ever since Cather­ine Deneuve went from bored house­wife to af­ter­noon dom­i­na­trix in the flick of an Yves Saint Lau­rent patent leather trench coat in the 1967 clas­sic Belle de Jour.

For Au­tumn/Win­ter 2017, Vac­carello de­ployed the high-shine leather in clas­sic black or deep ocean blue across fluid jack­ets that gath­ered gen­tly at the waist or puck­ered in lines of ruch­ing, and dresses that softly wrapped the shoul­ders. Trousers that were ta­pered but not skintight were crushed and crum­pled to show the gloss of the leather and nar­row miniskirts cov­ered in clouds of pleats were paired with soft, draped knits. This patent

leather is shiny but not stiff, struc­tured but not con­strict­ing – folded into tucks and ruf­fles, the ma­te­rial is sur­pris­ingly mal­leable but still un­shake­ably sexy.

For those un­moved by the idea of wrap­ping up in leather, glossy ac­ces­sories are the an­swer. Look to sharp, thigh-high boots in var­nished black, or strappy, sexy stiletto heels charm­ingly topped with slightly crum­pled black roses to add a shiny con­trast to your look. Or throw on a heart-shaped box clutch strung on a long, long chain, or a soft, squashy back­pack quilted into soft, squashy lines. As demon­strated on the run­way, patent leather can be paired with any­thing: try lay­ers of black in con­trast­ing tex­tures, like a tis­sue-thin T-shirt or slinky, silky blouse. But our favourite looks com­bine patent with every­day uni­form items. Take old, re­laxed denim and slouchy knitwear, and add a flash of patent leather for a sly, shiny shot of sub­ver­sion.

Back­pack, RM7,590, Saint Lau­rent

Heels, RM9,130, Saint Lau­rent

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