On Tuesday, French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent returned to the runway for an in-person fashion show under the Eiffel Tower on September 28, sending models down a catwalk after dusk with the glittering monument as en route.
Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello assembled a range of skin tight bodysuits and sharply tailored eveningwear for the first show of the Kering-owned (PRTP.PA) brand on its home turf in more than ten years and en route to Paris Fashion Week.
The French capital is hosting the final stretch of a month of global industry events, which have marked the return of vibrant launch parties and celebrity-packed runway shows to New York, London, and Milan.
During the peak of the COVID-19 epidemic, most luxury homes put on pause in-person performances, - essential elements of every fashion calendar.
Hundreds of labels are organizing in-person fashion shows throughout the fashion week, which runs until October 5, with infection rates lowering and restrictions easing in Europe.
bare-backed models with chunky, gold bracelets strode on spiky-heeled shoes in front of a wall of barbed lights at the Saint Laurent show, turning into swarms of spray and wind that hurried guests in the front row ducking for protection at tuesday.
The brand had exited the official calendar of Paris fashion shows at the time of the coronavirus epidemic last year and set off on its own schedule, directing its audience to remote settings through the screen, filming models on steep sand dunes in one instance, and in a barren Arctic setting with looming icebergs for another at first.
Traffic jams were reported on Tuesday at the Paris show on Monday, with a crowd of screaming fans waiting for ostracized film Ros, who was one of the guests.
Catherine Deneuve, the 77-year-old French movie actress whose public appearances have grown infrequent since she suffered a stroke in 2019, was among the last celebrity guests to take their seats before the program began.