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How Saint Laurent’s archives were revisited on the runway

Designer Anthony Vaccarello said he wanted to make a collection that was a tribute to the YSL atelier – here’s how he did it

On Tuesday night, under the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower, Anthony Vaccarello staged his best show for Saint Laurent yet. On every seat was a tribute to co-founder Pierre Bergé, who passed away this month age 86, and the massive collection also contained looks which Vaccarello said acted as an homage to the couture house history of the brand. 

From the super-sheer tights covering endlessly long legs (hi Kaia Gerber!) to the colour scheme, accessories and even the hemlines, Vaccarello paid tribute to the founding designer through his own distinctive, high voltage, after-dark lens. The result? A show that would persuade even the toughest critics that he’s more than capable of translating Saint Laurent’s legacy for today’s women. 

Click through the gallery to revisit some classic couture Saint Laurentisms, and see how Vaccarello reinterpreted them for today.