Barely a few hours ago I was talking about how I thought Cacharel's SS13 collection was the highlight so far of Paris Fashion Week. Well I thought that until I saw the photos from Hedi Slimane's debut collection for Saint Laurent.
Slimane has been at Saint Laurent since March this year when he replaced Stefano Pilati as creative director. Though Slimane had done a pre-collection in July it was never shown to the press so this is the first time that we are seeing his design talents at Saint Laurent (well to a point, as he was menswear director at Yves Saint Laurent from 1996 - 2000)
Slimane definitely hit Paris hard with his debut collection and sent out a dramatic, strong message with it. His usual inspiration of the seventies, seen at Dior Homme, was here but instead of chiffon blouses and following maxi dresses of bohemian flower power we saw a rock chick edge with oversized hats, multiple neck bows and super skinny trousers. It was refreshing to see something different come from the seventies era and it definitely made the collection more modern, this is what Slimane needed to do; as a new creative director he needed to create a new look and something that he would be remembered for.
It will be interesting to see where Slimane will take Saint Laurent (which he renamed in June) but we will need to give him more than one season to do this. Overall this is a strong start from Silmane which will definitely have an affect on what people will be wearing come next spring, I for one will be following this.