Bring me the horizon. Sant Laurent presents its Summer 21 Women’s ready-to-wear collection by Anthony Vaccarello.
Infinite desert landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see, providing the ultimate backdrop this season. Debuting last night via live streamed film in collaboration with Nathalie Canguilhem, the Women’s Summer 21 show saw iconic Saint Laurent faces including ultimate girl crush Mica Arganaraz and Australian model Aylah Peterson walk across vast swirling dunes with heels strong in the sand.
The Summer 21 collection is dedicated to the freedom of movement. Pure and soft shapes take form, creating an ultimately sensual mood. A desire to dress oneself returns, to feel confident and unconstrained. A late 60s era vibe is fused with the comfort of today. A silk blouse or tailored blazer is layered over long bike shorts, a fluid jumpsuit emphasises a long and lean silhouette. New versions of signature Le Smoking suits also feature, along with tunics, trousers and long jackets.
Sweet fantasy pieces are a welcome surprise this season for the ‘inside life’ we have forcefully grown accustomed to this year. Featuring a floral explosion of chiffon with bourgeois fluffy fringes, a subtly sheer nightgown, and my favourite lace silk briefs. A dream.
“I wanted to focus on the essence of things. I think it’s a sign of the times. But I didn’t want anything bleak or heavy. The desert, to me, symbolizes that yearn for serenity, open space, a slower rhythm. The clothes are also softer, the spirit of the collection is more gentle, stripped back,” says creative director Anthony Vaccarello.
The jewellery is illuminating, with a selection of pieces in the collection designed by Claude Lalanne. Heavy long gold chains are paired with vintage-esque statement floral and gold earrings. A notable mention goes to the iconic return of the SL slingback heels, complete with steel cap toe for that extra edge.