Saturday, March 9, 2013

The not-so Saint of Fashion

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J'adore the new looks at Saint Laurent?  So far, the jury is still out.  Is it top notch?  Or, is it just like Topshop?  One thing is for sure, Hedi Slimane's mix of vintage knits, Parisian Lolita biker boots, 90's grunge flannels, and an ode to rocker/heroine chic is certainly soliciting street cred. 

One would have expected to see a spectacle like what Slimane gave us his first collection, true to the typical Yves flair; a few floppy hats, leather pants, and bohemian dresses.  This season, any resemblance to the house's DNA (besides the youthful inspiration) was unrecognizable.  But then, what makes fashion so fun is having the conspicuous served up by the unpredictable.  What does remind us of the Spring collection is that the still new design director has found a way to rattle the cage, and make us all want to find our Friday nights wearing his shoes.

As many have commented, Hedi Slimane's tenure in Los Angeles has greatly influenced his work.  Particularly, the notion that there is no such thing as bad publicity. First, by seating the sacred press in the second row.  Next, by having very urban, street style looks bear the Saint Laurent name.

It smells like a recipe for success to me.

"The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about."  Oscar Wilde