Anthony Vaccarello chose to hold his debut show for Saint Laurent in the impressive surroundings of a palatial building site—a former monastery, later a military headquarters, which has been derelict in the heart of Paris and is now being restored as the Saint Laurent headquarters. The background worked for Vaccarello as a trope for his entry into the house. “It’s a work in progress,” he said at a preview—a modest, realistic statement from a guy not given to bombastic assertions. As a fun spin on ’80s logo-mania, there was a pair of heels spelling out “YSL” and earrings to match. Surely there will be much more of that sort of thing in the vast showrooms—products that have always supported the runway show. It’s too soon to call a verdict on Vaccarello in his new role; the job in this massive brand is as much directing teams and generating myriad ideas for merchandise as it is designing. Time will tell what kind of leader he’s to be, and the proof will be in what really fills the shops. For his debut Saint Laurent offering, Anthony Vaccarello presents a master class in nocturnal glamour. The glossy black mirror and black mat Tuxedo clutch are both stellar ways to invest: crafted to a boxy shape that is perfectly sized for grasping in hand, and is debossed with the inimitable house monogram on the front. Carry it to complete a commanding evening look, using the long metal chain strap for ease. With gold-tone studs and swishing tassels, Saint Laurent’s black and kaki militage medium Fetish satchel is a wardrobe must. A modern version of an archive design, it has an adjustable shoulder strap and drawstring silhouette to create more space. Retain the free-spirited mood with a breezy broderie-anglaise dress. For a stellar example of fine Italian craftsmanship, opt for Saint Laurent’s black monogrammed envelope chain wallet. It is crafted from lightly grained quilted leather, and complete with the unmistakable gold and silver-tone YSL plaque and a detachable chain shoulder strap. Organize your lipstick, IPhone, and keys across the two main compartments. When it comes to glamorous evening accessories, Saint Laurent’s black monogrammed pouch with wrist strap is the classic IT style of the SS17 season. Decorated with the iconic gold-tone metal YSL plaque and finished with smooth quilted leather, the pouch has enough room for your Smartphone, make-up compact and cardholder; it’s perfect for adding subtle flair to classic tailoring. Looking to up your YSL accessory game? Saint Laurent’s monogrammed document holder with wrist strap holds top style rank. Printed with smooth quilted leather, it contains a zipped top compartment, as well as card slots and two note compartments. It’s ideal for slipping inside a large tote, but equally well suited to long-haul travels. For a day-to-night accessory, Saint Laurent’s soft strap bag is the ultimate in SS17 styles. Crafted from an array of colours including; black, marine and poudre, the puffy quilting is embellished with silver hardware and a cross body strap. It opens to capacious interiors with a zip-fastening pocket. Complete the look with jeans at the weekend, which has been spotted on Jessica Alba, Kendall Jenner and Rosie Huntington Whitely to name a few. Concluding the SS17 accessory collection and a current favourite of Olivia Wilde, Margaret Zhang and Jada Pinkett-Smith, is a polished way of keeping monetary essentials in check. Saint Laurent’s mix metalasse chain wallet available in black and marine in-stores or online at Parlour X, is crafted from patchwork quilted leather. It has a slender shape with cardholder slots, three individual compartments and two notes pockets for easy organization, and is accented at the zip-pull tab with the label’s silver-tone metal monogram.
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