THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Esquire (Malaysia) - - STYLE -

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.

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