Yves Saint Laurent’s namesake label has gone through somewhat of a rebirth. After dropping the Yves, Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2013 debuted the work of it’s latest designer, Hedi Slimane. The man who transformed the way we see androgynous menswear and womenswear at Comme des Garçons and continued at Dior Homme, has officially entered the world of Saint Laurent, set to the roaring music of Daft Punk.
For Hedi Slimane’s first collection at Saint Laurent which was held at the Grand Palais in Paris yesterday, audiences that including designers Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Alber Elbaz, Stefano Tonchi, Peter Dundas and Alexander Wang were treated to the techno beats of the French Punk duo.
What awaited everyone though was even more loud and direct that the sound of the show. A staggering 67 looks presented an overture to what will undoubtedly be an exciting career at the iconic label for Slimane.
Starting off with Saint Laurent’s enigmatic Le Smoking jackets paired with plissé, cigarette trousers cut perfectly at the ankles to show off patent pointed heels, it was clear, this collection was going to be seen, heard and loved by all whether they wanted it or not. Perfectly blending elements of the old YSL like giant loose chiffon bows and 70’s era floppy hats, the looks were punctured with rock and roll leather, lace and attitude.
While Yves himself was at the helm of his label way back when, he was more focused of the romanticism of his travels to Morocco or presenting sharp career defining looks like his color blocked series of shift dresses. This however was more of an homage to what a designer today might see when looking at the master’s work in retrospect.
A solid effort that has already won the praise of tough critics and has us looking forward to the future of Slimane at the drivers seat of the most untouchable brands in the history of fashion.
Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs
Peter Dundas, Alber Elbaz
Stefano Tonchi, Alexander Wang
Pierre Berge and Betty Catroux, Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani
Kate Moss, Salma Hayek
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