Because everyone loves to hate Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent collections, let’s take a moment to see what gets all that negativity in motion!
Since his debut in fashion, Yves Saint Laurent had a controversial trajectory – by which I’m not implying that he made it to fashion stardomness through intricately braided backdoors but that his fashion life was a succession of head spinning heaven-high ups and abyssal lows. And although the house of Yves Saint Laurent ceased to exist for over 11 years, the controversy karma follows Saint Laurent’s namesake brand at any place and any time.
Hopefully, Hedi Slimane has a strong spine and a healthy perspective on himself and everything around him and he won’t feel as disappointed as the grand Saint Laurent felt as a direct result of how the world received and saw him and his creations.
Basically, Slimane isn’t doing anything Yves Saint Laurent hasn’t done before him: he shortened his name when he took the creative helm of Christian Dior to Saint Laurent just as Slimane shortened the name of the brand to just Saint Laurent when he took over it (again) as creative.
He’s designing for the young generation, just like Yves was designing for the young generation of his time (the Beatnik). He’s trying to democratize fashion just like Yves was the very pioneer who brought couture to people disguised as pret-a-porter.
Slimane is equally loved and worn by the contemporary young generation just as Yves was in his active years. Last but not least: everyone loves to hate Slimane’s collection for Saint Laurent. Just like they did back when Yves was still designing for the maison. But there will always be faithful supporters and loyal customers to assure the continuity of Yves’s legacy.
Back to the Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2014 collection per se which was less grunge-y than the previous one but equally a scandal magnet. Sequins and kitten heels, one shouldered dresses and smoking suits, it’s all there.
Slimane is working on a legendary base for the maison Yves Saint Laurent created playing with the iconic shapes and patterns, ideas and fashion concepts in his efforts to democratize and rejuvenate.
More specifically – he’s suggesting kitten heels for spring summer 2014. Classic pumps, tied around the ankle or laced up metallic booties, they all look like a tween’s first high heeled shoes. Almost every look has pockets for young nervous people to tuck their hands into.
A lot of black and collegiate-like looks offer a halo of deja-vu to this new Spring Summer 2014 Saint Laurent collection (how many times can he put ‘Le Smoking’ on the catwalk and pretend it’s new?). The only novelty to this fashion show does not rely on the clothes but on the people. The models who walked the show and the new customers. Other than that, it’s overpretentiously expensive fashion that you can find in most of the fast fashion boutiques. (images courtesy styledotcom)