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Yves Saint Laurent returns to the Eiffel Tower podium

PARIS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent returned to the catwalk for an in-person fashion show under the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday, sending models onto a catwalk after dusk with the monument shimmering as a backdrop. fund.

For the Kering (PRTP.PA) brand’s first show on its own turf in more than a year and a half, Saint Laurent’s creative director, Anthony Vaccarello, has come up with a range of figure-hugging bodysuits and perfectly tailored evening wear , bringing extra glamor to Paris Fashion Week.

The French capital is hosting the home stretch of a month of global industry events, which marked the return of splashy launch parties and celebrity runway shows in New York, London and Milan.

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Most luxury houses put their in-person shows – mainstays of the annual fashion calendar – on hiatus during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With infection rates slowing and restrictions easing in Europe, dozens of labels are holding in-person fashion shows throughout fashion week, which runs until October 5.

At the Saint Laurent show, bare-backed models with chunky gold bracelets trod spiky-heeled shoes past a wall of strobe lights, which erupted in a cascade for the finale, whipping up the spray and wind that sent guests to hell. ‘front rank dodges to protect themselves.

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year, the brand left the official Paris fashion show calendar and went on its own schedule, taking its audiences to distant locations across the screen, filming models over steep sand dunes in one instance, and in an arid arctic setting with looming icebergs in another.

Tuesday’s show in Paris caused traffic jams and a crowd of cheering fans gathered to catch a glimpse of one of the guests, K-pop star Rosé.

Catherine Deneuve, the 77-year-old French film actress whose public appearances have become rare since she suffered a stroke in 2019, was among the last celebrities invited to sit down before the start of the show.

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Editing by Christian Lowe and Marguerita Choy

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