THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Ask anyone in Paris: to stage a show in front of the Eiffel Tower after dark (or any time of day) is a bold and risky move. And to do it twice? That takes guts. For Fall/winter 2018, Saint Laurent’s Anthony Vaccarello sent his models down the runway in front of the iconic structure of the City of Lights. Again. (His first show staged in front of the imposing symbol was last year for the Spring 2018 collection.)
The twinkly Eiffel Tower was surely a hard match to the clothes. But the designer did not disappoint. Sandwiched between the womenswear, all 25 men looks are monochromatic, darkly sexy and have a rock’n’roll kind of attitude.
Silhouettes, as you’d expect from Vaccarello, are predominantly lean and slim: think skinny jeans, shrunken jackets and suit jackets with narrow shoulders. There was a significant amount of velvet and glittery fabrics that made the models look like some kind of '80s disco dancers (but not in a bad way).
What we really like is the impeccably fitted outerwear. As Vaccarello pushes the boundaries with volume, it results in a series of lust-worthy parkas, coats, bombers and that dramatic-glam Dracula cape. And for the showstoppers? A pair of furry Ugg-like boots, an equally fuzzy hat and a big woolly coat that puts Jon Snow’s costume to shame.