Saturday, 12 November 2016

What's Next For Saint Laurent

I consider Saint Laurent to be one of my favourite designer houses. Their previous creative and image director from 2012-2016, Hedi Slimane; used imagery and design in controversial ways that I thought set the designer apart (can we talk about this dreamy editorial featuring Courtney Love). The 70s rocker vibe that came with this was so influential in ready-to-wear fashion and key items such as leather biker jackets and suede ankle boots have become signature to Saint Laurent after the relocation of house from Paris to L.A. However as announced earlier this year,  Anthony Vacarrello will be taking over Slimane's position.

The collection
The collection debuted this Spring during Paris Fashion week and was located in the dignified original Saint Laurent Headquarters surrounding the signature YSL logo beaming on the crowd. It took the original flair that YSL had in the 1980s and adapted it to appeal to the modern-day fashion-consious woman.

From photographs, I felt everything imitated liquid metal. Black was used to compliment dark silvers and chromes; leather and mesh combined for unique textures and lengths were barely-there putting focus on upper bodices. Most were evening-wear inspire looks.

I was particularly intrigued by this statement from his interview with Mark Holgate for Vogue UK about the direction he is taking aesthetically.

"When you say a girl of today, do you mean it’s more casual, is it more about the street?
No, it’s a girl who knows Yves Saint Laurent—maybe she had a mother who wore YSL, or she just knows what he did in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and she is taking those references, and she is mixing it with her own personality and her own wardrobe, to make it personal. She has a lot of respect for the past, but she’s not dressing like she’s stuck in the past, she’s dressed for now."

& you heard about a short film?
Accompanying the Spring17 collection a short film has been released starring American artist Travis Scott (always up for that trap meets hip-hop sound). The short clip peaks in sex-apeal, has a futuristic undertone, androgynous styling and features the electronic beats of Poter Elvinger. Neat.


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