By Maya AlShabab.
Hedi Slimane once again stuns us with an incredible collection. The show, which was more of a rock spectacle than a calm défilé, was branded by Slimane’s iconic touch from opening to end.
The dominant style was very rock & roll, and brought to mind stars such as David Bowie, & Jim Morrison. Slim fitted leather pants, oversized glamorous boyfriend blazers adorned with sequins and shiny beads. The iconic well-fitted leather jacket appeared multiple times on the runway, garnished with beautiful accents ranging from metallic studs on the collar, to fur, or patches of white leather, all working towards a distinctive ‘rocker’ cut that gave the models an excessive ‘cool’ edge on the runway.
‘Unisex’ appeal continued as a major theme and aspiration for Slimane, following in the footsteps of the founder Yves Saint Laurent who was the first to create ‘Le Smoking’ in 1966, a tuxedo suit for women. In this collection, Slimane continued bringing ‘unisex’ appeal to his work, merging the oversized, albeit perfectly cut boyfriend blazer with glamorous dangling lines of sequin, leopard fur panels, distinctive cuts & shimmery beads, producing pieces that blur the line between the feminine and the masculine. Salma Hayek, present with her husband Francois-Henri Pinault owner of Saint Laurent, appeared at the last minute after wishing the models luck backstage, dressed from head to toe in menswear from the previous Saint Laurent collection.
Verdict: breathtaking pieces that can be a staple for this season’s look for both men & women. Bravo Hedi!
Photo credits: saintlaurent.com