Saint Laurent Fall 2020 - Runway Review
February 25, 2020
Held once again at the Trocadero with the lit-up Eiffel Tower in its backdrop, the Saint Laurent show was a cosmic melding of liquid latex and bold, unexpected color. "Between gilded salons and nocturnal places inhabited by well mannered girls and bad boys, the Saint Laurent woman loves to take risks, she wears lace and cashmere with latex," Anthony Vaccarello decried in his show notes.
Set to blaring synth music and high-impact spotlighting, models wore leggings, high-waisted pants, skirts, dresses and boots all encased in the liquid latex. Adding to the dynamism were traditional fabrics and prints -- houndstooth, panther and polka dots -- that contrasted to evoke an overly "bourgeoise elegance" of the '90s. Save for the tiny bralettes may only serve the Hailey Biebers of the world, the collection was otherwise quite adaptable to a professional woman's wardrobe. Vaccarello's cool French girl aesthetic, however, has grown to include a manifestation of color ranging from raspberry pink to deep purple, cobalt blue and bright yellow as seen in the big blazers and skin-tight leggings. If unexpected, the sense of color proved to be fresh and an unexpected complement to the bohemian-at-heart ethos.