Saint Laurent’s runway show at Paris Fashion Week today was notable for many reasons: For one, it was a couture collection being shown amid ready-to-wear, as Hedi Slimane already debuted the latter last month in Los Angeles. For another, it was staged without music—an uncharacteristic choice for a designer who’s been known to cast musicians over models in his ad campaigns, but one that recalled the early days of couture.
Also harkening back to Yves’s tenure was the format: 42 numbered looks, announced to the audience in French and English as the models walked out. Held in Saint Laurent’s new atelier in the Hôtel de Sénecterre, the show was an ode to the ’80s, with one-shouldered minidresses, winged sequined shoulders, and electric-red and -blue furs.
Looming over the festive event, however, was the question of whether this is Slimane’s swan song for the house. Rumors have dogged the designer for months, though Saint Laurent has so far denied that he is leaving his post. Whether Slimane stays or goes, though, we think it’s safe to say the chain-strap gold Love bags in this collection will be sticking around: