As we are approaching the end of another Paris Fashion Week, it’s time for a recap. Since not everyone has the time to spend hours on the internet looking at the Spring 2019 collections, we rounded up the 8 best that were fabulous and out of this world. You’ll see designers such as Alessandro Michele and Gucci, Anthony Vaccarello from Saint Laurent, Virgil Abloh with Off-White and more. They all stuck to their recognizable aesthetics, but strongly respected the DNA of the labels they design for.
Paris Fashion Week got the most spectacular opening thanks to Saint Laurent. Anthony Vaccarello is not only the creative director of the luxury fashion house, but he lives and breathes Saint Laurent. This innovative genius staged the most astonishing show for Spring 2018. Models had a leggy moment. Voluminous figures and stunning glamour were everywhere.
“I want to tell the story of Saint Laurent, of Paris—nothing more deeply than that. That girl of Saint Laurent—she wants to have fun. She’s not depressed. She wants to enjoy life!”- Vaccarello said.
When you think of Yves Saint Laurent, the first thing that comes to mind is Paris. And what other landmark screams Paris better than the Eiffel Tower!? The mind-blowing Trocadero area near the base of the Tower served as a catwalk last night. Vaccarello wanted to pay tribute to the legendary Yves with his Spring 2018 collection. Things got even more emotional with the unexpected death of Pierre Berge in the beginning of September. Berge was the business mastermind behind the French fashion house, and Saint Laurent’s best friend. Each seat had a card saying: “Maybe this is crazy love. The love of two madmen.”, a personal note from Pierre to Yves.
Anthony dived deep into the archives of the fashion house, starting from the very beginning and focusing on the haute couture days. The opening looks were inspired by Saint Laurent’s villa in Marrakesh and offered a relaxed bohemian style. The accent was on the ultra-short patterned leather shorts and loose shirts.
As the night progressed, designs got more elegant and sensual. The voluminous puffy dresses and tops that looked like real clouds left everyone in awe. Vaccarello expressed his wild spirit on the designs with the mesmerizing embroidery and sequins.
A-list celebrities got to watch the long-legged models walk on the huge catwalk with a sparkling Eifel Tower in the background. Robin Wright, Lenny Kravitz, Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain all arrived wearing SL from head to toes. The biggest face of this fashion month, Kaia Gerber had her Paris Fashion Week debut last night.
There isn’t a single doubt that he did that, plus paid the honors of the biggest French designer in the best possible way. Each and every single design carries the YSL spirit. The Spring 2018 collection is a great way to remind the new generations of the Yves Saint Laurent’s grand impact in fashion.
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Yves Saint Laurent just introduced probably the boldest design of stiletto heels ever. The luxury brand released a completely unexpected new product, that got mixed reactions. The high-heeled roller skate stilettos are definitely a brave and daring product that is one of the most challenging ones so far. They are a part of the new Autumn/Winter collection of the French fashion house and are available in stores.
Anthony Vaccarello is the new creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, appointed just last year. He is the same designer that signed on these heels. Vaccarello is known for his ultra-feminine designs and bold decisions. The shoes have a very fun design that features a heel higher than 3 inches. They have three roller skate wheels attached at the bottom, one placed on the heel, and the other two at the front of the shoe platform. Right between the front two wheels, there is a kick-stop brake. The patterns of the shoes are as fun as the design. They are reportedly called the Anya 100 Patch Pump Roller and are available in five different designs.
This is not the first time that the luxury brand and Anthony have presented a shoe inspired by roller skates. The brand has already released roller skate hybrid sneakers that also featured wheels. That design was most certainly daring, but the heels are a whole new dimension. The rolling sneakers were sold at $1,195. The roller skate stilettos were already teased in a campaign earlier this year in February. The ad campaign itself raised a lot of controversies and was categorized as sexist. But honestly, this type of shoe doesn’t even need an advertisement.
So the question is, are these heels wearable and safe? Even thinking about walking on high-heels makes our feet hurt, now imagine rolling on them. It doesn’t sound like the best idea, but fashion is not about comfort anymore. There probably won’t be that many brave women to wear them, but there will be a lot of brave ones to buy them.
This daring stilettos will cost between $2,000 and $3,000, which is on the very high end of the budget. If you are a huge Saint Laurent fan that can’t resist buying the most iconic pieces, then you should definitely buy a pair.
Appointed as Saint Laurent’s new creative director in April, Anthony Vaccarello has just confirmed he is ending his eponymous brand to better focus on the French Maison’s seasonal creations and runway shows.
Rumors that he was going to put his 8-year-old eponymous label on hold (starting from this October) began spreading around as soon as the Belgian designer replaced beloved Hedi Slimane as the Maison’s creative director. Quickly it became a reality when Vaccarello himself declared they were not only rumors, but rather a fact.
Now, with roughly more than four weeks separating us from his first-ever debut runway show with Saint Laurent at the Parisian Fashion Week, Anthony Vaccarello’s decision to put his namesake label on hold took a different path, with the designer actually ending it for good.
“This adventure has been amazing but I now feel the need to fully focus on this new project,” explained Vaccarello in an official statement, thanking also “everyone who supported his brand since its launch in 2008 and made it so successful.”
Although knowing one’s limits and being willing to concentrate on one project is as humble as it sounds, many are already showing signs of dissatisfaction.
Famous for his second-skin sensual designs for Versus Versace (he has always been one of Donatella Versace’s favorite designers), Anthony Vaccarello’s sultriest and more glam-rock creations always amazed those who assiduously followed his eponymous line’s seasonal shows. Many were actually looking forward to seeing how he had planned to artistically separate such different lines in terms of styles, designs and motifs.
Filling in the big shoes Hedi Slimane left is, however, an extremely hard task to complete, and Anthony Vaccarello knows it. Even harder is trying to create something new out of one of the fashion industry’s most visionary, innovative and cosmopolitan legacies. Saint Laurent Paris (when working as the Maison’s creative director, Slimane dropped the “Yves”) requires dedication and creativity, and we know Vaccarello is a glutton for punishment when it comes to fashion.
He was also specifically chosen for this position due to his balanced aesthetics and at times even masculine motifs (the latter were dear to Yves Saint Laurent himself too), so we understand he may prefer to put all of his energy into one (big) label in order not to disappoint any expectation.
“Anthony Vaccarello impeccably balances elements of provocative femininity and sharp masculinity in his silhouettes. He is the natural choice to express the essence of Yves Saint Laurent,” declared Yves Saint Laurent’s CEO Francesca Bellettini back in April.
Anthony Vaccarello’s first collection for Saint Laurent is going to be presented on the first day of Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, September 27th. As for what appears to be Anthony Vaccarello’s last creations for his eponymous label, all of the Vaccarello’s FW 2016-17 collection’s pieces are already available in selected stores, as well as online at Forward, Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion and Luisa Via Roma.
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Hedi Slimane’s departure as creative director for Saint Laurent had been speculated for quite some time, but when the news hit on Friday, there was still an element on surprise. The rumor mill had still been circling before this, predicting that Anthony Vaccarello would take his place, and that Slimane would perhaps move on to work with Chanel. Likewise, we were all prepared to do some waiting before hearing further news on the matter: it’s been officially confirmed and Anthony Vaccarello is the new Saint Laurent creative director.
However, as it turns out it wasn’t a difficult transaction as far as who the new creative director for Saint Laurent would be. It just so happens that Vaccarello will, in fact, be joining the team as Slimane’s successor, leaving one half of the mystery settled. Vaccarello left his position as head of Versus Versace on Monday, ending a three-year stint with Donatella’s label. The designer is 33-years-old and has found success in recent years with both Versus and his own eponymous label.
Slimane’s work with Saint Laurent saw great revenue increase, which was something Vaccarello was able to do for Versus. In his work for the label, the clothes focused on a sexy rocker vibe, much as Slimane did in his, and Vaccarello was also around to see Versus create a new flagship location in New York – the brand’s first venture into the U.S. market. As far as Vaccarello’s namesake, the clothing is created more for the thin, celebrity culture. You’ll find daring looks, complete with hardware and leather, barely-there skirts, and plunging necklines; but of course it has hit big with supermodels and out-there celebs. Both designers clearly have an understanding of what women want from fashion today, and so he seemed a natural choice to be next in line for the seat.
Versace made it clear in a public statement that she supports Vaccarello in his endeavors, and that his leaving the brand would leave no negative feelings on either side of the fence. “While I’m sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish [him] tremendous success with his next chapter,” she said.
When his departure was announced on Monday, we were left waiting for the next installment, and were soon provided with the missing link hours later on Monday afternoon, when French luxury conglomerate Kering, which owns Saint Laurent, issued a release that conformed Anthony Vaccarello’s placement as creative director of Saint Laurent. Paris Fashion Week in October of this year will be the new designer’s first collection for Saint Laurent, where we will see just how Vaccarello stacks up with Slimane. While we wait for the ready-to-wear spring 2016 line to give us that insight, we can rest easy knowing that the outlook of the designer and conglomerate is positive.
“Mr. Saint Laurent is a legendary figure for his creativity, style, and audacity,” Vaccarello said in a statement. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house.”
President and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent Francesca Bellettini added on to his message in the statement. “I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent. His modern, pure aesthetic is the perfect fir for the maison. Anthony Vaccarello impeccably balances elemens of provocative femininity and sharp masculinity in his silhouettes. He is the natural choice to express the essence of Yves Saint Laurent. I am enthusiastic about embarking on a new era with Anthony Vaccarello, and together bringing the maison further success.”
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It’s smoking hot in here, so take off all your clothes! Oh my, oh my, oh my! We have seen some really sexy, really sheer, really open, and out of this world pieces on the different Fashion Week runway shows, but none can come near the sexiness and sheer audacity of an individual wearing a mindless that looks more like a micro, with an intense plunge to the neckline that surpasses the abdomen and comes down closer to the space below the belly, the skirt kept closed and covering the essentials with some pretty lacing that looks like it can be undone at any time for some very easy access.
It appears that while plunging necklines have been a huge trend for 2015 and 2016, Anthony Vaccarello decided they do not plunge enough, cutting it even lower and reducing the amount of the chest shown, thus creating more of a sensual allusion. The laced up effects come in handy with plunging blazers, corseted skirts worn with tube tops and skin tight pants, asymmetrical bottoms, leather dresses, and so much more. There are some dresses with single sleeves and unraveling laces on the other side, skirts with a similar problem, and even those that have been tightened up but the lacing falls towards the center of the skirts.
We see lots of leather appear on the Anthony Vaccarello fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear presentation on the first day of the Paris Fashion Week, appearing as wraparound jackets, straight legged pants, pointed tow pumps, etc. Sexiness overload happens at the sight of the faux corset top underneath the black blazer and paired with some slouchy trousers. Then again, it gets pretty sexy to see a girl in an oversized blazer that looks quite manly, while the mesh tops showing off everything underneath make for a more modern creation in terms of the fashions. We might prefer to wear something to cover up a bit more underneath the mesh pieces, including the dresses that easily show off the chest underneath, while sheer shirts also come into play but stay hidden under cropped jackets, tucked into some severely cut up skin-tight pants.
Towards the middle of the collection, we get into some not so well cut out outfits that look more like a bunch of rags thrown together, while we soon get into some more lace, more chest shown through the plunging necklines and a lot more legs with those mini hemlines. Fur-lined jackets are totally in as we expected, while red and black combinations look as good as the black and white trend we have gotten used to of late.
As for the black lace dresses with the mesh embroideries, we can easily say that wearing a black pair of undies underneath was probably a grand idea. Come to think of it, it appears that black in general is the top color of choice for the fall and winter seasons of this year when it comes to the designer’s color palette.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
The fashion world has recently gone in the thick of rumors circulating around some reconstruction to happen in the French luxury fashion house Saint Lauren. The statement “The 3-year creative director of the brand, Hedi Slimane is parting ways with the brand” could be seen at very high frequency at the beginning of the 2016 year, which was soon enough to be denied by the brand’s spokesperson: “Following the recent departures there has been many rumors and this is another false speculation.”
However, the rumors resurrected yesterday morning and even kicked it with higher gear when WWD released a report that Hedi Slimane had failed to reach an agreement on the renewal of his initial contract with Kering, the French luxury goods holding company, which is the owner of Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Gucci, Puma, Volcom and Saint Laurent Paris. But the hearsay does not end in here and carries on with the news that some discussions are being held with the French-Belgian designer, Anthony Vaccarello to replace Hedi Slimane at his position at Saint Laurent, who has been appointed by Donatella Versace as the creative director of the recently restarted Versus brand last September.
This time around the brand’s spokesperson hasn’t come up with any denial but just stated: “We don’t comment on rumors”, while from Hedi Slimane or Anthony Vaccarello no comments have come to hand yet.
Even if the rumors are to be confirmed later on, the upcoming fall 2016 fashion shows are still bound to make their way under Slimane’s tutelage. On Tuesday the brand spread the word via Twitter that Slimane would render his menswear collection and Part 1 of his womenswear collection on February 10 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium, the legendary dance venue instead of January 24 as it had been announced first, while Part 2 of the womenswear will be performed on March 7 at Paris Fashion Week.
“Saint Laurent at the Palladium” event is said to be Slimane’s tribute to the Los-Angeles music scene. It’s worth mentioning that the designer has been living in Los Angeles since 2008 and the fall/winter 2016 collection will be partially devoted to Los Angeles and its music scene. Moreover, February 10 will also be prominent for Slimane as the 10th anniversary of his photo blog “Hedi Slimane’s Diary”.
Hedi Slimane commenced his fashion designer carrier in 1996 at Yves Saint Laurent as the ready-to-wear director of men’s collection, however ironical it may sound. After bringing forth his so popular “skinny” style, which inspired Karl Lagerfeld so much that he lost 40kg, Slimane left the brand to accept the position of the creative director for menswear at Christian Dior, which is maybe the reason of rumors circulating that Slimane is to take the vacant position of the creative director at Dior after Raf Simons left it in October last year.
With Slimane’s coming back at the helm of Yves Saint Laurent in March 2012, not only was the brands aesthetics to go under changes but also its name rebranded as Saint Laurent and the location of the design studio, which was moved to Los Angeles, California, while also becoming the most profitable brand in Kering’s conglomerate.
Whether these are only rumors or “No smoke without fire” principle comes to function here, one thing is certain. The opinions on Slimane’s aesthetics is rather ambiguous; with considerable amount of fans supporting him, nigh the same amount of critics are against him deeming his staples to be way too much vintage-inspired and more prone to fast-fashion than luxury category.
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With a glam rock attitude and a boyish style, Anthony Vaccarello’s spring/summer 2016 RTW collection was presented on the first day of Paris Fashion Week spring 2016. Hip-grazing high-slit dresses, miniskirts (or should we rather say microskirts?) and see-through fabrics are Vaccarello’s signature details, and were to a large extent employed in his latest collection as well. Like a marching army of unperturbed women, Vaccarello’s models were all dressed to impress, and seemed to fear nothing in their military-looking jackets.
Italian-Belgian fashion designer Vaccarello has never denied having some strong personal views about fashion, and has never been afraid to show them. Since his graduation in 2006, after designing a collection inspired by porn star Cicciolina, Vaccarello has initially started working under Karl Lagerfeld’s direction, becoming creative director of Versus Versace a few years later. In the meantime, since 2009, he has presented numerous eponymous ready-to wear collections that have always been some of the most critically acclaimed shows at Paris Fashion Week. Most of the critics and praises, depending on who is watching, are due to Vaccarello’s passion for bare skin, which he is not afraid to celebrate especially during his spring/summer collections.
The first part of the Anthony Vaccarello spring 2016 collection had indeed a fighter attitude, and consisted of black and khaki miniskirt suits with black leather trimmings, thigh-high slits and golden studs, as well as total black looks with spiky silver studs, skinny black trousers and asymmetrical flat sandals. These outfits, embraced even by the high-fashion model and It-Girl Edie Campbell, were enhanced both with strong dark makeup and other more au-naturel looks, with the messy ponytail hairstyles reminding some of you of the late ‘90s gothic/rock scene movement. Sheer button-down shirts confirm here Vaccarello’s desire to praise bare skin, while his skinny black scarves give the collection its ultimate mannish look (and are actually one of this autumn’s must-haves).
As the show progressed, the collection welcomed some more casual pieces, like average t-shirt dresses with digital pixelated face prints, as well as metallic red skirts and sequined dresses adorned with golden studs, which help Vaccarello give his personal version of the upcoming metallic trend. Even though skinny jeans and boyfriend ones with golden metallic details, floral shirts, mannish suits and wrap around shirt are nothing new to the fashion industry, Vaccarello manages to combine some of the most famous ‘90s trends with Greek inspired pieces. And some Greek inspiration touched also the last part of the collection, which embraced again the designer’s favorite color: black. Like amazons, Vaccarello’s models wear either one-shoulder dresses or tops, and military jackets without t-shirts underneath, making the contrast with their bare skin even more spectacular.
Vertiginous tight skirts with slits and dresses rigorously made of leather, along with asymmetrical jackets and tops, turn the Anthony Vaccarello spring 2016 ready-to-wear-collection into a declaration of independence of one’s body, and are surely going to raise some critics. However, we have to admit Vaccarello managed to skillfully represent what the Parisian Fashion Week is all about: new perspectives and unconventional ideas.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
We have no right to complain about clothing design ideas: we are now piled under exciting new lines of so many designers and high-street retailers. Yet, to polish every differing cool outfit we need something more than body-wear – makeup items. We are so much in need of novelties, inspiring cosmetics products to experiment and draw new emotional characters on our faces along with accentuating our privileged features. No worries! A brand new collection of thrilling eyeshadow palettes is on its way to stores for all fashionisers to buy and be ready to conquer the streets of fall season. What is more exciting, it is the work of our favorite Italian-Belgian fashion designer Anthony Vaccarello in collaboration with Lancôme, which has already indicated how successful such collaborations might come out. As we know, the main features of Anthony’s collections are sexy, womanly feels with a drastic feel of strong character, which is expressed in the new Anthony Vaccarello for Lancome fall 2015 makeup line. He explains his choice of making only eyeshadows stating that eyes are the main part of a woman’s face that he marvels at and wants them to always be accentuated and enhanced. The new line is quite simple with no dramatic pieces and colors: it includes three eyeshadow palettes in the designer’s favorite color scale – blue, green and gold. The cases are black and have “Anthony Vaccarello for Lancôme” written in gold letters on them. Each palette contains five colors from dark to matching lighter tones making it suitable for a gorgeous smokey eye makeup in your favorite hues. There is also a small blending brush in each case that makes the application much easier.
The Anthony Vaccarello for Lancome fall 2015 makeup collection will hit the stores in September of this year, so you will be able to get and use them for extremely beautiful daytime and sexy night makeup looks right from the beginning of fall. Below are presented all the palettes you can choose from!
Lancome Anthony Vaccarello Hypnôse Palette Blue Mania
This palette is the first and most exciting of the three. It features three different shades of blue eyeshadow – cold azure, shimmery electric blue and a darker shade of blue with an intense sparkly consistency, a matte black as a base color and a matte light grey eyeshadow as a highlight color. These hues are more than gorgeous providing an intense rich color while also being easily blendable.
Lancome Anthony Vaccarello Hypnôse Palette Golden Black
This palette is perfect for a classic smokey eye offering gold-brown shades. All the five colors are shimmery containing sparkling particles, which makes the palette incomparable for night-outs or dinner dates when you want to look gorgeous to the fullest. There are three yellowish cream-gold hues that go from light to dark gradually, a ginger-brown color in the center and a blackish dark brown with a lot of shimmer in it.
Lancome Anthony Vaccarello Hypnôse Palette Green Fever
This palette is the most reserved one of all the three in spite of the promising name. Having more silver-grey tones, rather than greens, it expresses the cold spirit of fall that is due to come soon. The palette includes a matte light-grey color for highlight, a shimmery silver shade, a light silvery fern green color, a tobacco green center shade and a matte black base. Fans are not too excited about this case: some suggest that a rich emerald green sparkle is included instead of one of the three highlights, which seem to be too many for a five-color palette. We think that for everyday use, this palette might become an inseparable part of your cosmetics bags, so let’s agree to differ.
Photos courtesy of Lancome
The master of slits and sexy cut-outs, the talented Italian-Belgian fashion designer has just unveiled his jaw-dropping Anthony Vaccarello fall/winter 2015-2016 collection in the framework of Paris Fashion Week fall 2015. It was a real star-studded show with Donatella Versace sitting front row to support her friend, Anthony’s close friend Anja Rubik closing the show and an abundance of star motifs making an appearance every now and then to inject excitement to the already stunning and chic clothing pieces. Playing in the zone of mostly black and experimenting with leather and suede, the talented designer managed to take the runway by storm with his contemporary, minimalist and quite sexy designs that we want to have in our wardrobes right away.
While we might had been expecting lots of flashed skin from the beginning of the show, the Anthony Vaccarello fall/winter 2015-2016 collection started with an array of bundled up looks in the head-to-toe black coloring. Thus the opening look featured a powerful coat with leather inserts on the sleeves and a statement-making belt, worn with a black shirt and a pair of over-the-knee heeled boots. The model’s center-part loose hair and the barely there makeup with a stencil design appearing below one of the eyes for an edgy feel perfectly complemented the look. We saw the same belt or an identical design accessorizing many a look presented, including skirts and dresses. Black reigned on the runway throughout the show with some brown suede and deep burgundies interrupting its elegance in the middle.
Of course, we were treated to lots of short lengths, high slits, one-shoulder-off and asymmetrical hem designs, which looked pretty amazing in combination with tiny details that mattered a lot, including the small eyelets, metal rods and silver stars being the main focus of the entire collection. Belt-like details also made an appearance quite occasionally, coming to accentuate the sexy side slits of the tops, tunics and dresses. While the suede ensembles might have brought subtle Seventies references, those couldn’t but look provocative and cool due to the uber-short lengths of the dresses and skirts placing the focus on the slender legs of the models. Of the mainstream fall 2015 fashion trends, we saw deep V-necklines that came to boost the seductiveness in the looks even more, especially when coming accompanied with the asymmetric cuts revealing an entire leg.
The entire Anthony Vaccarello fall 2015 rtw collection is about making a statement with innovative shapes and minimalist details, straying away from loud prints and patterns or eye-popping color blocking motifs. This is actually what is much appreciated in the fashion world nowadays and we were definitely overwhelmed with the parade of little black dresses and skirt ensembles especially ideal for those cool party nights. The dresses featuring metal rods hanging from the asymmetric hem skirts provided enough glamour and excitement to the entire lineup, while the pretty star-embellished tops, skirts and dresses are the definite must-haves for the season if you want to feel the star of the party and enjoy everyone’s eyes on you. At the end of the day this is what we have expected from Vaccarello and we still look forward to some more fashion magic during the next fashion show to come!
Photos courtesy of Style.com