The house of Saint Laurent has always thrilled with sexual frisson. In the sixties and seventies, its founder Yves Saint Laurent, dressed the sexual revolution – putting women in the masculine Le Smoking and freeing the nipple in transparent finery. Anthony Vaccarello continues that tradition, designing clothes that take us into the realm of the senses.
His collections are shot through with sensuality. Sometimes they hint at the carnal. Other times they thrill with voluptuous abandon. For AW20, he presented clothes that read as ‘ladylike’ on the top, with sharp shouldered blazers and pussy-bow blouses. But below the waist, it was a different story. High-shine, second-skin latex gleamed under the lights in a meeting of bourgeois and BDSM. But Vaccarello is not designing a dichotomy. His sophisticated, liberated, empowered women don’t have to be either good or bad. They can be what they want, whenever they want.
by Claudia Croft
Photography by Jenny Brough, styling by Davey Sutton. Taken from Issue 16 of 10 Magazine Australia – FAMILY, FOREVER, LOVE – on newsstands now.