The newly renamed, Saint Laurent Paris, formerly known as Yves Saint Laurent, was an astonishing collection for Spring, piecing together designs with a Western boho feel for young women. Think classy countryside meets urban chic. Creative director, Hedi Simane mixed classic Saint Laurent looks with more new age pieces, giving it more of a modernized 70s feel. Held also at the Grand Palais, the vibrant production complete with a Daft Punk soundtrack and strobe lights, off balanced the dark and mysterious feel of the garments themselves.
With the unsettledness of the design house’s name change, Simane proved that the same overall YSL goal, to create sophisticated looks that ultimately inspire confident women, still remains. Billowy sleeves, maxi dresses, wide-brimmed hats, and laced up fronts sure gave off a sexy, yet eerie feel, and imitated a spin off of classic witchcraft outfits. Black-on-black was huge trend shown in his collection for Spring, using various black materials like sheer, suede, and leather to off-balance each other. Pants and sleeves were often accented with fringe, or added contrast against the dark shades by incorporating some neutrals into the colour scheme. A favourite look of mine had to have been the blouses featuring large pussy bows. They added femininity and were a key staple piece underneath various suit jackets and capes. Lastly, Simane truly perfected the cigarette pant. Models strutted the perfectly slim tailored pant wonderfully.
Thin, black stilettos gave ensembles some lift, without distracting our eyes away from the pieces themselves. Accessories were kept very subtle, while attention was placed on the black western hats each model presented. There were a few tassel necklaces, often worn underneath the pussy bow. With a collection this well designed, the ensembles were kept entirely minimalistic and speak for themselves.
Overall, Simane was praised and applauded for his loyalty to the design house, maintaining the same principles but adding his own creative twist for his first collection designing for Saint Laurent. His Black Magic debut was certainly a hit, and many granted him lots of respect post showing. We can expect to see the same continuing inspiration for seasons to come, and are happy to have him designing for the prestigious label.
Written by Jenn McNaughton for OhWowYouWoreThat