A Glimpse At The New Saint Laurent Collection Featuring Anja Rubik

Made you look, didn't it?

BY Janie Cai | Sep 16, 2016 | Fashion

Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

In case you’re wondering, this is Saint Laurent’s latest campaign shot Anja Rubik. Sexy, isn’t it? Well, that’s because YSL’s new creative Director, Anthony Vaccarello, is someone who’s known for audacious hip-high slits, plunging necklines and effortless fluidity of construction—all of which celebrates the sculptural female form without ever detracting from a woman's innate sensuality. Vaccarello’s women are the lean, lithe, glamazons of the runway. A 21st Century Venus di Milo alive and attired, albeit occasionally barely more clothed than the marble statue in the Louvre. With his slick, sexy design aesthetic and perchance for showing more than a little skin under all that structure, it’s easy to see why Donatella Versace picked him to head her design team last year, and, why Saint Laurent lured him over to take over as creative director after Hedi Slimane’s departure from the French luxury brand.

If this new campaign shot of Rubik, her face partially obscured and rocking a navel-to-hip slashed swimsuit and cropped denim jacket, is anything to go by, Vaccarello has indeed hit the sweet spot. Lensed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the black and white portrait of the new Saint Laurent woman was shot during a cold dawn on the wharfs of the Seine. Caught on the bridge between the left and the right bank, it’s a fitting analogy of transition and continuation—something that Vaccarello no doubt has on his mind. On our part, we’re wondering how this will translate to a men’s line. Will Vaccarello's men's debut for Saint Laurent be all gloss and glam, tied up with an androgynous strand of ribbon-cravat and speckled with glinting sequins on velvet in the manner of Slimane? Will there be more skin? Less skin? (More importantly, do we need to get the guys to start on their full-body bronzing right now?) Or will Vaccarello offer up a sharply-tailored affair in monochrome, like the HD version of an indie Film Noir Festival special. Dammit, we’ll just have to wait till the men’s shows in January to find out.