“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.” Written more than 400 years ago by Shakespeare, the words that Lady Macbeth uses to persuade her husband to murder remain thrilling. Throughout the tragedy, Lady Macbeth is called “unnatural” for embodying the stereotypically male traits of ambition, aggression and violence. This duality — of surface appearance hiding a menacing subtext — can also be seen in the new Love jacket by Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent.
A jean jacket adorned with fine floral embroidery at first sight reveals undulating snakes upon closer inspection. Although it’s part of the designer’s Fall 2017 collection for men, it truly is a unisex piece. For women, the oversize boyfriend jacket from the ’90s is having a big moment, looking fresh on Rihanna and Bella Hadid.
The ultimate wink is the garment’s cheeky name, Love, which hints at the sexual undertones of the snake and flower iconography. Innocent? Maybe. But certainly not unnatural.
$3,490. Saint Laurent at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour; 305-868-4424; ysl.com.