The GQ Fashion Awards: The Designers, Collabs and More That Energized 2022

MOTY Designer of the 12 months

Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent

{Photograph} by Pierre-Ange Carlotti, Grooming by Aimi Osada.

Anthony Vaccarello and I are sitting in his stately workplace, housed in a Seventeenth-century hôtel particulier in Paris’s Left Financial institution. Vaccarello has simply introduced his spring 2023 womenswear assortment for Saint Laurent in entrance of the Eiffel Tower, and at this time issues are so quiet you’ll be able to hear his French bulldog, Nino, loud night breathing within the subsequent room. Vaccarello’s workplace is minimally adorned, as if he’s nonetheless shifting in, with a tidy black desk, a number of Pierre Jeanneret chairs, and a small daybed beneath some bookshelves. “It’s peaceable,” he says, sipping from a tiny glass of water. “And really stylish.”

Vaccarello, who took over Saint Laurent because the model’s sixth inventive steward (together with Mr. Saint Laurent) in 2016, is a lot settled in. Below his design, inventive, and picture route, the model’s revenues have exploded from $1.07 billion to just about $2.85 billion. Although YSL gained’t share gross sales breakdowns, Vaccarello says menswear has been a steadily rising a part of the enterprise. He notes with some pleasure that he’s achieved this epic growth with out pondering a lot about numbers, or being attentive to what’s promoting and what’s not. “I’ve the sensation that vogue turned a bit too industrial,” he says. “I imply, being industrial isn’t a foul phrase. It’s necessary to promote, however if you happen to can promote and have an actual message or actual model, that could be a bingo for me.”

One instance: He’s eschewed splashy collaborations with different manufacturers and artists, and prevented massive advertising and marketing stunts of the sort we’ve come to anticipate from giant luxurious homes. “I nonetheless have that concept of after I did vogue after I was in school; all of the manufacturers had been so completely different and so cool and recent. Now, it’s all about doing the subsequent collab and that form of factor. I hate it. I discover it tremendous boring,” he says.

What Vaccarello does as a substitute is create vogue that resonates and experiences which can be genuinely shifting. In July, in the midst of the Agafay Desert, a dusty, hour-plus journey outdoors of Marrakech, he staged his spring 2023 menswear present. Amongst these in attendance had been gifted individuals you wouldn’t fairly name “celebs,” like Steve Lacy and Dominic Fike, in addition to dozens of different lovely creatures carrying gauzy pussy-bow blouses; fulsome, flowy trousers; and not less than one darkish cape that made its wearer seem like a Jedi grasp. Because the solar set, a troop of slender fashions emerged by a spooky mist. The primary wore a strong-shouldered tuxedo with no shirt and easy black sandals. One other wore a silky white shirt with a plunging neckline and lengthy black trousers that rippled within the wind. One more wore a big faux-fur duster coat, which grazed the tops of glimmering black high-heel boots.

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