First look: Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent Paris?
After announcing plans to change the name of Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent Paris, sketches of what Hedi Slimane's first designs for the fashion house may look like have now been revealed.
The select retailers who were invited to view the label's women's resort, men's spring 2013 and accessories collections were also treated to more work from Slimane including the hangers, chairs, racks and marble-topped steel tables which were also made by him. It is believed the décor will form part of a new store concept for Saint Laurent Paris.
Slimane took over the role from Stefano Pilati as creative director in March. His first resort collection, which is also Slimane's first go at womenswear, featured sharp tailoring, pinstripe suits, and according to WWD "short dresses with light padding at the shoulders; lots of silky, girly tops; cigarette trousers, skinny jeans and HotPants." Colours included black, white, grey, fuchsia and red, as well as animal prints, sequins, and metallic lamé. Bags and shoes remained true to the brand with best-selling styles such as the Tribute remaining, only these items were described as "modern and cleaned up."
"It feels very YSL, but in a modern way," a retailer said. "Hedi has a vision. It's so directional."
"It's very black and white, with a strong Eighties influence," said another buyer. "There were new constructions and cuts for suits, with a focus on the three-button jacket, and new shirt shapes with lots of special details, such as new collars and cuffs."
Although photographs were forbidden from being taken, WWD illustrators have sketched the envisioning of the designs based on the retailers' comments. There is all ready a big buzz surrounding Slimane's first work for the French label. Now we must wait until September for his first runway outing with Saint Laurent Paris.
[via WWD / Sketches by Steven Stipelman]