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When Vogue magazine spoke of the response to Peaches’ 2000 debut album The Teaches of Peaches recently“jaws dropped; with its unapologetic, electro-infused angle on sex, best evidenced in the hit song “Fuck the Pain Away,” the album was called everything from ‘a performance-art take on pro-sex feminism’ to ‘the most immortal and excellently coarse album of the noughties’” – they probably didn’t realise they would be talking about Peaches’ influence on the new Saint Laurent collection, but that’s exactly what they and the international fashion world is talking about today.

The new Saint Laurent collection showed yesterday, and designer Anthony Vaccarello cited Peaches as one of its primary inspirations – the only person mentioned as such in fact.  According to Vaccarello’s notes, it is the “glitzy imperfections taken from the classic wardrobe of cult-musician Peaches” that inspired the Fall/Winter 2021-2022 as he looks to blur the line between “cheesy and luxurious”.

The news comes just weeks after the ever-controversial Peaches – an artist who is adored by the likes of Amy Schumer and Yoko Ono – returned with the new powerful single and video “Pussy Mask” on Third Man Records. The single of course caused outrage, and the shamelessly delightful music video, directed by award-winning artist Leah Shore and animated by Leah Shore and Rob Yuflo, caused further comment for its inclusion of animated versions of Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Pussy Mask” is available digitally now. The single will be available as a black vinyl 7″, as well as a picture disc 7″ (limited to 500 copies). Both are available for pre-order on the Third Man online store and Peaches online store ahead of a June 25 release.

Peaches has said of the single, “Because of the pandemic, our collective anxieties unite us more than ever. Even though it may not affect each one of us the same way, we all have similar base concerns. A serious reminder that we are all in this together. I wanted the song to be absurd and fun but also a reflection of our concerns. The humor shines some light into our dark, confusing, and frustrating reality.”

Vogue; “Another goddess (of sorts) stands over this collection: Peaches, she of gritty electroclash Berlin and “fuck the pain away” fame. “She wasn’t a classic beauty,” Vaccarello said, “but I don’t want ‘perfect’; I am not interested in that.” Indeed not. It’s this collection’s celebration of a raw and unvarnished beauty, of the offness of things, that makes it sing. Vaccarello has taken YSL’s historic blurring of luxury and kitsch, elegance and trash, and made it new and celebratory: the interplay of plush fake fur and lush leather; exquisite embroideries with “tacky”—his description—jersey. “I like to play with those limits,” he said. “It’s very French to walk that line between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad.’””

Nylon: “According to the show notes, Vaccarello turned to electro-punk artist Peaches and turned her wardrobe’s “glitzy imperfections” into pieces that “blur the line between cheesy and luxurious.” That means mini skirts, metallic bodysuits, pointed-toe heels, tailored blazers, shaggy faux fur jackets, and layered sparkling jewelry should all be part of your party-ready sartorial repertoire.”

British Vogue: “‘glitzy imperfections taken from the classic wardrobe of cult-musician Peaches’, blurred the line between cheesy and luxurious, so said the notes. Vaccarello mashed-up fun, party pieces with the prim. ‘Serious matters push you to take other things less seriously, finding the balance while staying on the edge is a sophisticated aptitude,’ he said.”

French Vogue: “Blurring the line between luxurious and old-fashioned details, the Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2021-2022 collection is directly inspired by the wardrobe of singer, Peaches.”

Dazed: “Peaches’ avant-garde glamour inspired Saint Laurent AW21.
Drawing inspiration from iconic musician Peaches and her avant-garde, all-over-the-place personal style for the new season, the collection read like a deep dive into the eclectic fashion mash-up that was the mid-00s.
The overall vibe was that of a successful Brick Lane thrifting session before a night at Boombox headlined by Erol Alkan, which makes sense given Peaches’ place on Vaccarello’s AW21 moodboard. It also speaks to a shift in fashion – having spent the last few years mining the Y2K era until there’s only crumbs left, we’re moving on towards the late 00s and the OTT exuberance of the electro scene. That is, if Saint Laurent has anything to do with it. What’s that in the distance? The jarring synths of “Fuck The Pain Away”, obvs.”

CR Fashion Book: “Vaccarello also takes inspiration from the classic wardrobe of cult-musician Peaches, who blurs the line between cheesy and luxurious.”

i-D: “Saint Laurent’s AW21 collection is an ode to Peaches
For AW21, Anthony Vaccarello wanted to blur the line between “cheesy and luxurious” — so he looked to Berlin’s queen of electroclash for inspiration.
The unlikely muse for it all was Peaches. Yes, as in the Canadian-born, Berlin-based electroclash queen who famously sang — or screamed — “fuck the pain away”. Anthony was drawn to her garish sense of style, borrowing what he called her “glitzy imperfections” to blur the line between “cheesy and luxurious”. “I wanted to push the line which separates bad and good taste, blurring each other’s limits,” he elaborated. “It’s very French to walk that line between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad.’”

The Face: “Where they could be perceived as naff, his references to cult musician Peaches’ OTT style in the early ’00s made perfect – or imperfect – sense.”
 

“Pussy Mask” is available digitally now. The single will be available as a black vinyl 7″, as well as a picture disc 7″ (limited to 500 copies). Both are available for pre-order on the Third Man online store and Peaches online store ahead of a June 25 release.