Tuesday, July 19, 2022

At 78, Catherine Deneuve Is Still The Epitome Of French Chic

Saint Laurent ambassador Catherine Deneuve joined a clutch of house friends, from Anja Rubik to Mica Argañaraz, in Morocco at the weekend for Anthony Vaccarello’s spring/summer 2023 menswear show. Set in the Agafay desert outside Marrakech, a city which holds great significance for the brand and its founder, the setting, complete with a light show installation by Es Devlin, was an Instagrammer’s dream. But for Deneuve, who met Yves Saint Laurent at the age of 22, it was a joy to see a new creative director continue to propel the house forward and create his best collection to date.

Deneuve, a muse to Yves during his lifetime, wore the kind of crisp shirting and slim-cut trousers French women pull off so well. While other guests wore the label’s bold skin-tight catsuits – the kind beloved by Sienna Miller – Catherine kept things pared back and supremely elegant, like she knows best. Her only accessories? A pair of tinted sunglasses and her signature bouffant hairstyle – the same one she has been perfecting since the ’60s, along with her feline eyeliner.

There was much for Deneuve to like in the collection which, according to the brand, dissolved the line between masculine and feminine wardrobe tropes, from the fresh takes on the tuxedo to the grain de poudre separates. The cinematic setting, commented Vogue’s Mark Holgate, came second to the craftsmanship, and Catherine will have seen through all that showmanship to the legacy of her dear friend. A winning moment for French fashion, indeed.

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