The New Wave force from the 1980s serve as an important interjector for the Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello Fall Winter 2021 menswear collection where London’s youthful subcultures are eclectic sources of inspiration.
Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello Silk band collar shirt, wool woven flannel pants, crocodile-embossed leather belt, metal chain bracelet, metal double cuff chain bracelet, metal ring, Teddy suede derby shoes
Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello Wool mohair jacquard cardigan, silk double-breasted tunic shirt, wool pants, metal sphere necklace, crocodile-embossed leather belt, metal signet ring.
As with every Saint Laurent collection from Anthony Vaccarello, a sense of ingenuity is felt despite using ideas that one might think is lacklustre and uninspired. What Vaccarello does best is connecting the past with the present, and in turn, creating a new odyssey of dressing that evokes a strong sense of desire — the same way Yves Saint Laurent once did. For Fall Winter 2021, one is transported back into the days of pre-internet Britain. Wool cardigan of rock’s past makes a huge comeback, while thin leather belts recalls the styles of emerging underground artists in the late 1990s.
Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello Wool-blend flannel jacket, Le Monogramme canvas and leather camera crossbody bag; Model’s own Metal earrings
But each passage of the collection is neither over-the-top, nor unwearable. Although nods to subcultures are prevalent, they are transformed as timeless, classic menswear staples that exudes a care-free attitude.
Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello Silk teddy jacket, silk overshirt, leather pants, metal sphere necklace, metal double cuff chain bracelet, metal bracelet, metal signet ring, metal ring, Dixon crocodile-embossed patent leather boots
Fall Winter 2021 is in many ways undone, simple and nonchalant. It heavily embodies the act of dressing that simply looks cool, which best describes the modernity of such a storied Maison.
Photography: Natsuko Teruya; Art Direction: Izwan Abdullah; Styling: Manfred Lu; Styling Assistant: Elysee Lee; Grooming & Hair: Sha Shamsi | Makeupartistinc; Grooming Assistant: Fazz Ismail; Model: Harvin
This story first appeared in the October 2021 issue of Men’s Folio Malaysia.