Anthony Vaccarello may not be able to stage a destination runway show to present Saint Laurent's Spring/Summer 2021 menswear collection (prior venues include Malibu and Manhattan), but that isn't going to stop him from leaving his audience awestruck. Taking things into the online realm, the creative director showcases his latest designs via a six-minute short film where parkour meets glamour in a dizzying blend of athleticism and aestheticism.
Titled No Matter How Long The Night Is, the film is directed by Nathalie Canguilhem to a soundtrack by SebastiAn, and sees a posse of rakishly cool models embark on an action-packed adventure around the world, leaping fearlessly across the spaces between high-rise structures from the skyscrapers of Beijing to New York's Brooklyn Bridge, before ending up on a makeshift walkway at the foot of the Eiffel Tower — because it wouldn't be Saint Laurent without Paris.
"The Saint Laurent Men's Spring/Summer 2021 Project, curated by Anthony Vaccarello, is a unique virtual and physical experience, bringing together videos, augmented reality, 3D lenticular imagery, music playlist, street posters, hidden stickers, photo walls, flags and more," read the show notes. "A perpetual and simultaneous game of echoes creates an impossible dialogue between imagination and reality."
As for the collection itself, Spring/Summer 2021 represents a continuation and expansion of themes previously explored by Vaccarello — the brand staples of skinny suits, satin shirts and wide-brimmed hats all make an appearance, joined by louche silhouettes like hibiscus-printed Hawaiian shirts, luxe bomber jackets, denim Bermuda shorts and gladiator-style sandals to complete the surfer-rocker vibe. The Maison's classic monochrome palette, meanwhile, is interpersed with unexpected flashes of warm orange and pink for that summertime feel.
Watch Saint Laurent's No Matter How Long The Night Is below: