PARIS — In the Gospel of Matthew, Peter disembarks from a ship of fellow disciples and walks on water, albeit momentarily. This feat, Peter claims, would serve as proof that the figure witnessed earlier walking over the surface of the Sea of Galilee was no apparition, but in fact Jesus. Sunday school alumni of course know Peter’s lack of faith would lead to his sinking and subsequent panicked pleas to be rescued by Jesus. Faith, then is necessary for achieving anything, let alone a miracle like walking on water. Anthony Vaccarello throughout his career as a designer has never been found wanting for faith. From his early days an indie designer to his subsequent ascendancy to creative director at Saint Laurent, Vaccarello’s collections have always exhibited an unshakable faith in the rightness of his vision. Powerful, dark, sexy, and an ability to walk over an infinity pool stretched out before a vista culminating in the Eiffel Tower, these are but the essential traits of Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent woman. This much was true Tuesday night at Place de Varsovie, for the Saint Laurent Summer 2019 runway show, which literally had models walking on water. Showing faith for Next were no fewer than 10 models from across the global network including Saint Laurent exclusive Abbey Lee, followed by Maria Miguel, Hiandra Martinez, Binx Walton, Jamie Bochert, Sara Eirud, Selena Forrest, Anok Yai, Cara Taylor, and Anja Rubik. Whether the collection is as miraculous as the staging seemed is neither here nor there, a runway show of this magnitude and intensity is worthy of at least 15 minutes of devotion on a weeknight in Paris.

Credits include: Client, Saint Laurent; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Summer 2019; Creative design, Anthony Vaccarello; Styling, Alastair McKimm; Hair, Duffy; Makeup, Tom Pecheux; Show direction and production, Alexandre de Betak at Bureau Betak; Casting, Piergiorgio Del Moro, Samuel Ellis; Film, Damien Neva at Next Management.