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Yves Saint Laurent returns to the podium of the Eiffel Tower | The powerful 790 KFGO

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By Mimosa Spencer

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

For the Kering-owned brand’s first home runway show in over a year and a half, Saint Laurent Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello has crafted a range of body-hugging bodysuits and well-fitting evening wear, adding extra glamor to Paris Fashion Week.

The French capital hosts the home stretch of a month-long global industry events, which marked the return of dazzling launch parties and celebrity parades in New York, London and Milan.

Most luxury houses are putting 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 in Europe easing, dozens of brands are hosting in-person fashion shows throughout Fashion Week, which runs through October 5.

At the Saint Laurent show, backless models with chunky gold bracelets walked on spiky heeled shoes in front of a wall of strobe lights, which cascaded for the finale, creating spray and wind that sent the guests in the front row dodge for protection.

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year, the brand left the official Parisian fashion show calendar and embarked on its own calendar, taking audiences to distant settings across the screen, filming models on steep sand dunes in one case, and in a barren arctic setting with threatening icebergs in another.

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

Among the last celebrities invited to take their seats before the show began was Catherine Deneuve, the 77-year-old French film actress whose public appearances have become rare since she suffered a stroke in 2019.

(Edited by Christian Lowe and Marguerita Choy)