For the show, Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent’s creative director, was inspired by Paul Bowles’ 1949 novel, The Sheltering Sky, with it taking place in the Agafay desert and models walking in a circle around a pool of water. The show was also an homage to Yves Saint Laurent’s love for Marrakech, which he discovered in 1966 and became a refuge for him from his busy Paris life.
“If there ever was a line between what constitutes a ‘masculine’ wardrobe and what makes clothes ‘feminine,’ it elegantly dissolves here,” a statement from the brand said, regarding its Men’s Spring Summer 2023 line.
Featured in the show was a tuxedo that boasts a new collar and shoulder silhouette, single and double-breasted options, and a cream color in lightweight silk material. “The silhouettes are globally more relaxed, reflecting an ease of life typical of Marrakech,” the statement adds.
The release also included a quote from Bowles himself: “We think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.”
Watch the Yves Saint Laurent show up top or check out some stills from the show below.
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