Just months after Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello opted out of showing a Spring 2021 collection at Paris Fashion Week in September, the French label transported us to the desert via a short film shot by Nathalie Canguilhem to unveil its Summer 2021 line.
In the clip (which premiered yesterday on YouTube), models float across the makeshift sand dune runway wearing soft yet sophisticated pieces from the new collection.
Meanwhile, celebrity supporters of the label, including Hailey Bieber, Kaia Gerber, Zoë Kravitz and Lily Collins, safely watched the show from home amid the coronavirus pandemic — and showed off their front row-worthy Saint Laurent looks on Instagram.
Courtesy Saint Laurent Zoë Kravitz
Kravitz wore an ethereal see-through blouse in her Instagram photos, writing, “congratulations @anthonyvaccarello on another beautiful collection,” in the caption. Bieber chose a black off-the-shoulder top with feather trim and matching biker shorts, while Gerber styled her biker shorts with a leather bomber jacket and a logo-embossed belt bag
Courtesy Saint Laurent Hailey Bieber
Courtesy Saint Laurent Kaia Gerber
Collins amped up the drama by photographing her Saint Laurent look — a bow-embellished blouse and biker shorts teamed with tights, sling-back kitten heels and tinted sunglasses — on a backyard tennis court.
“Congrats @anthonyvaccarello on such a bangin and beautiful SS21 @ysl collection. And thank you @gregoryrussellhair for multitasking and taking photos - you do it all!...” the Emily in Paris star wrote on Instagram.
Courtesy Saint Laurent Lily Collins
"Thank you! ❤️" Vaccarello replied in the comment section.
The designer explained in a Saint Laurent press release obtained by Fashionista that he "wanted to focus on the essence of things" when creating this collection.
"I think it's a sign of the times," he continued. "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."
In the release, Saint Laurent stated: "Conscious of the current circumstance and its waves of radical change, Saint Laurent has decided to take control of its pace and reshape its schedule."
"Now more than ever, the brand will lead its own rhythm, legitimating the value of time and connecting with people globally by getting closer to them in their own space and lives," the brand continued.