On the first official (and rainy) day of Paris Fashion Week, Saint Laurent once again held its runway show outdoors, with a glistening Eiffel Tower in full view from afar. The highlight of the night, however, was Naomi Campbell closing out the show after years of not walking for the French brand. The supermodel was a fixture on the YSL runway in the '90s, where she walked for its RTW and couture divisions for several seasons in Paris (she last walked for the brand in 2002). Campbell uploaded a throwback photo of herself and the late Yves Saint Laurent before she took the runway in honor of his memory.
Mr. Yves Saint Laurent you believed in me and stood by my side when I needed it most!! Grateful for you and for all… https://t.co/MvT6tpf7cM
As for the Summer 2020 collection, the brand presented a mostly all-black lineup of tuxedo looks with splashes of gold embroideries scattered throughout. It was classic Saint Laurent, with sharp tailoring and fluid, chiffon dresses that played to its strengths. Here's everything else you need to know about the collection.
In the first half of the show, models sported teeny belted black shorts paired with knee-high leather boots.
Gold embroideries, lurex, and appliqués made up the middle part of the show, giving the looks a rich texture and decadent feel.
Some dresses had unusual necklines with deep cutouts and sinuous hems that curved around the chest.
Le Smoking Suits
In an ode to the brand's famous Le Smoking era, slim tuxedos were given prime real estate, the majority rendered in sparkling black sequins.
The black sequins trickled across to party dresses, eveningwear and jumpsuits as well.