Paris Fashion Week A/W 2008-9: Yves Saint Laurent
There's a reason for Yves Saint Laurent's reputation as one of the most prestigious and luxurious fashion houses: producing one of the sharpest collections hit the Paris runway, YSL mixed constrasting luxe fabrics with strong angular lines to present an engaging show.
The futuristic met age-old tradition in a YSL-induced collision. Models in identical black bowl-cuts and gothic dark lips set the tone for a modernist look. Accessories were kept to an absolute minimum to allow the cuts to take centre-stage...
Distinct silhouettes were present, but in slightly more abstract shapes: sharp angles and inverted triangles were balanced out with rounded lapels, slouchy trousers and tulip skirts, while hourglass blocks defined the figure in more voluminous cuts - I love the ombre grey and black dress; the unusual design could work magic on some body shapes. There were plenty of corset-laced black belts with unobtrusive square buckles to cinch in the waist - proof that belts have gone far beyond the trend and have become a fashion staple.
Various shades of taupes, browns and blacks were swamped the runway, although with more sheen and texture than usual. Hardly any prints were used - instead, effects were created with block colours, feather embellishments and sequins. Flashes of brilliant blues and yellows sometimes peeked out as trims under folds of black felt, before being allowed to take to the stage on their own (as a jacket and a dress respectively). All in all, an extremely distinguished showing from a refined fashion house.