You know that I was beyond elated when I saw the first photos of the new Saint Laurent collection come in. This is truly one show that I wish I could have seen first hand. Throughout the past 5 years grunge has come around both on and off the catwalk but never in a truly audacious way. Hedi Slimane’s second womenswear collection centered around “California grunge” shows Slimane’s love and passion for this truly inspiring time in history.
While there are so many hot and cold reviews, I personally love the show. He’s taken the Saint Laurent house to a younger crowd and even enlightening some critics into the validity of this time in “anti-fashion”. Judging from the previous fall mens show that was the “Kurt” to this “Courtney”, this collection made perfect sense. Yes, it’s not Yves Saint Laurent by the previous designer, Stefano Pilati but Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. Fashion by definition is an extension of personal style and art form. So amidst all the perfectly tailored clothes and well thought out structures of the Paris shows, who’s to say that Hedi didn’t plan every detail of his show? I love seeing elements of my adolescence on the catwalks of Paris as I’m sure most of you do as well. This is every inch of Hedi’s aesthetic that I love so dear.
The Fashion Law talked to Courtney Love about the show and she had this to say: “The girl in the brown coat says it all. I love it. It reminds me of Value Village. Real grunge. I love that rich ladies are going to pay a fortune to look like we used to look when we had nothing.” Well said Courtney.
photos via style.com