Paris Fashion Week: Saint Laurent’s ’80s-Inspired Collection For Winter ’19

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Saint Laurent show x Anthony Vaccarello
Saint Laurent show at Paris Fashion Week | Photo by Estrop/Getty Images

Saint Laurent ended day one of Paris Fashion Week on a high note…

It was already guaranteed that Paris Fashion Week was going to be colossal this season – and it’s partly due to Karl Lagerfeld’s passing last week. However, Saint Laurent proved just how grand the week really is by ending day one under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower.

For the brand’s Winter ’19 collection showcase, Anthony Vaccarello transformed the runway space into the ultimate rave for the evening. With flashing lightbulbs and infinity mirrors serving as the runway’s backdrop, it was a fitting set for the ’80s-inspired collection.

Saint Laurent x Anthony Vaccarello

Saint Laurent show at Paris Fashion Week | Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage


On the runway, couture-refined tailoring, short hemlines and sculptural shoulders conveyed the Creative Director’s clear intentions. Designing with some of the most iconic muses of the house in mind (think Betty Catroux, Bianca Jagger and Catherine Deneuve), it was a true testament to their era.

As a result, the collection explored geometry, tailoring and proportion. “Everything starts from the shoulder construction”, the designer said backstage. “The graphic sculptural tailoring gives a sharp sophistication to the liberated impulse of desire.”

And sophisticated it was.

Sharp silhouettes of blazers, tuxedos and even, dresses, unfolded on the runway. Certain to entice feminists around the globe, the collection offered a new (and sexier) take on classics. For instance, peasant blouses, tapered pants, glittering maxi skirts and a plethora of leggy-friendly dresses, all got a makeover.

Although black dominated the palette (as per usual), this season’s spectrum saw a hint of more colour. And it was courtesy of those red and gold embroideries intertwined into the threads of dresses and jackets.


On the accessories front, there was plenty to take in. Polka dot stockings and fishnet skullcaps were definitely in (Kaia Gerber, is that you?). In addition to that, the spotlight fell on statement sunnies, leopard-printed scarves and hard-to-miss hats.

Here are some of the key looks you need to see from the collection…

Then, find out what Elisabetta Franchi had to say about her new collection during Milan Fashion Week.