Anthony Vaccarello’s Glam-Rockers Walk on Water at Saint Laurent

Kaia Gerber during Saint Laurent's Spring 2019 runway show. Photo: Imaxtree

Kaia Gerber during Saint Laurent’s Spring 2019 runway show. Photo: Imaxtree

It’s not like Saint Laurent hasn’t always been a label for rock ‘n’ roll icons as we know them now, and for those looking to dress like them. In 1961, Yves Saint Laurent, the man, launched his namesake label, at the same time that “It” Brit royalty like Mick Jagger and David Bowie, albeit a few years later, were hitting their rockstar stride. But Saint Laurent dressed other varieties of groovy, cool-kid icons beyond just musicians.

The classic “rocker” aesthetic — loud, sexy, Bohemian and often influenced by the decade in which Mr. Saint Laurent launched his brand — is part of the Saint Laurent DNA. In the four years that Hedi Slimane served as design head, that look became a central one for the brand. The tighter the pants, the closer to rock music’s heyday. Current Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello adopted a similar mindset upon his appointment in 2016, only shifting his focus toward an absolutely itty-bitty hem length. There’s a definite rocker appeal to Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent: The devil-may-care swagger of a proper glam-rocker is only made more alluring when it pushes a few, or a switchboard’s worth of, buttons.

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