Saint Laurent gives us the female Bond we’ve all been waiting for

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The venue

Saint Laurent always shows its Paris Fashion Week show at the Fontaine du Trocadéro, overlooking the Eiffel Tower. However this season things were a little different, due in no small part to the rain (yes even in beautiful Paris we must make allowances for the weather).

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A black tent was erected, and inside guests walked a cream carpet which also served as a backdrop to the catwalk. For the show, lights went out, with only white spotlights putting the focus on the models - a nod to the famous Bond film opening credits.

The collection

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If James Bond were a woman, this is what she would wear. Part femme fatale, part spy, she wears patent leather trousers with sheer blouses, pencil skirts with lacy bras.

But she is also confident enough to embrace masculine clothing, such as 80s power blazers, and in fact she dresses them up even more with chunky costume jewellery.

She also embraces colour, opting to mix in the classic Saint Laurent black with shades of chocolate, red wine and scarlet.

The accessories

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Elegant suits were elevated thanks to leopard print cravates and chunky gold chains, while footwear was decidedly 80s. Think mum-style pointed slingbacks and courts, but with a killer twist. We also saw a lot of leather gloves, a big trend for AW20, also seen on the catwalk in Milan.


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Saint Laurent always draws an A List crowd, and this season was no exception. Zoe and Lenny Kravitz, Rami Malek, Kit Harrington, Hayley Bieber and Brooklyn Beckham were just some of the famous faces spotted on the FROW.

The standout piece

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The black PVC coat worthy of the best MI6 agent.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.