This is the first collection that Anthony Vaccarello presents for la maison Yves Saint Laurent, and he is, definetely, doing it in his own way, with his distinctive style, mini-dresses, asymmetrical cuts and leather. And it’s all about simplicity, forgetting the Rock n’ Roll nostalgia from former creative director, Hedi Slimane. On the other hand, you can’t ignore the stellar cast with Anja Rubik (obviously, it’s a Vaccarello show), Freja Beha, Karmen Pedaru and Russia’s own, Anna Selezneva. Are you excited to see what he is going to do at YSL?
We thought that we could take Taylor — who is a beautiful, beautiful girl but has been a little bit more conservative in her fashion choices — and turn her into an Hedi Slimane rock n’ roll girl. She was completely up for it and loved it, and is going to hopefully continue with this look.
Anna Wintour on Taylor’s Vogue cover shoot
Hedi Slimane continues to indulge his rock ’n’ roll fantasies on the Saint Laurent runway; this season a psychedelic romp that included one model that was a dead ringer for Jimi Hendrix — and another for Lord Farquaad.
Parading his spring men’s collection on the same night as Glastonbury was drawing to a close, it was plain the French designer is targeting the young festival crowd with his high-fashion take on the Summer of Love. Blanket ponchos and macramé capes glistened with metallic threads and embedded crystals. Velvet blousons bloomed with sparkling star burst embroideries. Jean jackets came edged in metallic studs.
Everything was pinned on the tightest black jeans imaginable, giving his hunched models an aspect of Tim Burton animations with their licorice-thin legs.
Slimane seemed energized by the hippie theme, decorating leather and suede jackets with fringe; blazers with military braiding; a linen caftan with gold filigree, and a camouflage jacket with golden tassels.
He accessorized looks to the hilt with gaucho hats, metallic cowboy boots and fringed necklaces — and completed the Haight-Ashbury scene with a handful of women’s looks.
Patchwork prairie skirts, tapestry jackets and a sheepskin-edged vest were among the best things yet shown by Slimane, the merchandising wizard behind Saint Laurent’s sales momentum, up 27.1 percent in the first quarter. As Janis Joplin sang, “Get It While You Can.”
We thought that we could take Taylor — who is a beautiful, beautiful girl but has been a little bit more conservative in her fashion choices — and turn her into an Hedi Slimane rock n’ roll girl,“ explained Wintour. “She was completely up for it and loved it, and is going to hopefully continue with this look.