Yves Saint Laurent sends silky evening gowns down Eiffel Tower runway

Saint Laurent Fall-Winter 2022/2023 collection at Paris Fashion Week
A model presents a creation by designer Anthony Vaccarello as part of his Fall-Winter 2022/2023 Women's ready-to-wear collection show for fashion house Saint Laurent during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

March 2, 2022

PARIS (Reuters) – French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent hosted an evening catwalk presentation at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, showcasing a series of slender cocktail gowns from a catwalk overlooking the base of the Eiffel Tower.

Long-legged models strode across a pale pink carpet in long, sleek dresses, some wispy at the bottom, and wrapped in sharp-shouldered tuxedos and oversize faux-fur coats, as electronic music by French DJ Sebastian played.

In his show notes, creative director Anthony Vaccarello cited the style of 20th century anti-fascist poet Nancy Cunard, known to favour chunky jewellery and masculine silhouettes.

Echoing her look, some outfits were accessorised with stacks of large bracelets or prominent earrings while long coats and low-waisted jackets were worn with the collars turned up.

Soft fabric flowers pinned to dresses and jackets added a touch of romance to the somber colour palette of mostly black with touches of ivory and light brown.

The Kering-owned label closed the second day of shows at Paris Fashion Week, which runs through March 8 and caps a month of fashion events in New York, London and Milan.

At the end of the show, Vaccarello dipped into the crowd to embrace guests in the front row, including fashion icon Betty Catroux and actress Catherine Deneuve.

(Reporting by Mimosa Spencer and Manuel Ausloos; Editing by Karishma Singh)