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Radical Art Deco inspiration controls the Saint Laurent Winter 2022 collection

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The fashion house reinvents Yves Saint Laurent’s love for the artistic movement in a modern way.

The fashion house reinvents Yves Saint Laurent’s love for the artistic movement in a modern way.

Although revered for his timeless and classic clothes, Yves Saint Laurent was a visionary in the fashion world. After studying under Christian Dior in his youth, until taking over the fashion house after his death, Saint Laurent branched off to create his own fashion world. We look at her collections and come across pieces of grace, glamor and sophisticated elegance. However, the fashion extraordinaire dedicated a special part of his heart to Art Deco. Saint Laurent had a devotion to the art and pieces of this movement. One of his most prized possessions was a pair of Dunand vases from 1925. He was inspired by the work of 1930s modernist interior designer Jean-Michel Frank when decorating his Paris residence. This artistic movement has had such a hold on Saint Laurent’s life, and yet it has never been seen in the brand’s runways.

Today, under the creative direction of Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent brings Art Deco to its Women’s Winter 2022 collection. Its influence takes over as a glimpse rather than a direct quote. Drawing inspiration from Nancy Cunard’s uniquely masculine wardrobe, Vaccarello integrates her sartorial and activist ethos into today’s fashion climate.

By taking iconic pieces from the house and transforming their structures, Vaccarello reimagines classic Yves Saint Laurent looks in a truly Art Deco way. Using tension as inspiration, Vacarello reinvents outerwear with denser fabrics and adds a delicate dress under those heavy garments to get the look. These clashing weights and fabrics are part of the Cunard-inspired theme of the dichotomy between male and female dress. Stacked silver, gold and bronze bracelets are a nod to the old coinage glamor of the Art Deco scene, while angled shoulder details on coats and tops give a more modern look.

Imitation furs are the perfect basis for how Vaccarello combines the past with the present. Crafted by the same artisan who has worked with the house in the past, the fur looks straight out of the 1930s, but has an ethical twist that fits in with today’s fashion standards. The collection’s understated color palette follows Art Deco motifs, with black and metallic colors playing a prominent role. It gives us the sense of reflection, of looking at the inspirations of the past and reimagining them in today’s perspective.

As we look to the past for inspiration, Saint Laurent shows that the movements of yesteryear can adapt to the modern era.

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