Catwoman Boots Were Everywhere at Saint Laurent’s Fall 2020 Show

Many actresses have played DC Comics’ infamous Batman love interest-cum-nemesis Catwoman, but Saint Laurent gave the antiheroine a whole new wardrobe for fall ’20, with her signature slick black latex as the background canvas for an entire collection.

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A colorful look of latex leggings, wool blazer and blouse for Saint Laurent’s fall ’20 collection, inspired by the ’90s YSL archives.
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Of the 66 looks that walked the runway at the Tuesday night Paris Fashion Week show, all but a few featured the shiny (and surely sweat-inducing) material, whether it was on a Matrix-like black trench, in killer thigh-high black boots (a staple but also a reemerging trend) or in the gobs of supertight, extremely shiny leggings that came in an array of colors. For the record, Catwoman’s costume did not become black until the ’90s; in the ’60s, it was green.

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A Catwoman-worthy look at Saint Laurent fall ’20.
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A blazer in an archival check, paired with latex culottes and stilettos boots at Saint Laurent fall ’20.
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A red sequin dress and latex boots at Saint Laurent fall ’20.
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Of course, creative director Anthony Vaccarello didn’t actually cite Catwoman as inspiration. Instead, it was the “bourgeois elegance” of Yves Saint Laurent’s designs from the ’90s. He pulled fabrics from the archives, including houndstooth, panther and polka dots, the last of which were prominent on a classic pair of pumps. “Everything is a matter of tension between discipline and pleasure,” the show notes mused.

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A blazer and latex combo on Kaia Gerber at Saint Laurent fall ’20.
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A dramatic play of light and shadows on the runway at Saint Laurent fall ’20.
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The looks didn’t quite evoke the “pleasure” part of that equation. In terms of what’s comfortable to wear, many models were visibly struggling to keep up with the pace of their runway walk in a series of latex pencil skirts, and one wobbled in pumps that dangled with loosely tied velvet bows. The colors, while certainly evocative of ’90s-era YSL and literal in their archival revival, also had a comic book quality. With brand ambassador Zoe Kravitz set to debut her own version of Catwoman this June, perhaps the fashion brand will be putting this latex to further use.

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Pumps with loose velvet bows at Saint Laurent fall ’20.
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