Anthony Vaccarello: ‘I’m just doing what I want’

Anthony Vaccarello is no slave to trends when it comes to designing clothes.The Italian-Belgian designer was appointed as creative director at Saint Laurent in 2016, succeeding Hedi Slimane in the prestigious gig. He descended upon New Jersey’s Libert…

Anthony Vaccarello is no slave to trends when it comes to designing clothes.

The Italian-Belgian designer was appointed as creative director at Saint Laurent in 2016, succeeding Hedi Slimane in the prestigious gig.

He descended upon New Jersey’s Liberty Park on Wednesday night (06Jun18) to present his spring 2019 menswear collection which, according to Vogue U.S., was based on “the idea of the icons of New York in the ’70s.” And following the show, Vaccarello insisted that he always stays true to his own vision.

“I’m not going to break something that I would not break for myself,” the designer told reporters backstage after the show. “I’m just doing what I want.”

All the models sported skinny black trousers during the show, except for one pair of metallic silver pants, while finely detailed embroidery was woven into crisp shirts and bomber jackets.

The ’70s motif was evident in the flamboyant prints and materials displayed in pieces like a sheer unbuttoned leopard-print shirt and a belted lace-up leather jacket.

Dark fedora hats were a recurrent accessory, as well as loose scarves and statement belts, while shoes ranged from printed baseball sneakers to snakeskin-look boots.

Though the collection was part of Vaccarello’s first fully-fledged men’s show, the fashion star decided to also recruit female models to showcase his latest line.

The women were styled in pieces such as an embellished oversized blazer, a glamorous coat and a skin-tight lace shirt.

At the end of the presentation, the men on the catwalk sported bare top halves which were sprayed with silver metallic body paint. Tasselled scarves and chunky jewellery added detail to the jet-black PVC trousers each model paraded as the show reached its conclusion.

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