Music continues to fuel Hedi Slimane's creative juices at Saint Laurent - this time, with a distinctly grunge girl bent
The California slacker vibes permeated the Saint Laurent girl this season, with a collection that couldn't be more Courtney Love circa the mid '90s if it tried. Replete with models wearing silver sparkly tiaras (perhaps a direct nod to Hole's 1993 breakout album Live Through This) and the dishevelled stylings of a West Coast starlet gone slightly to seed, Hedi Slimane's vision for Saint Laurent was yet another mashup of grunge goddess, '90s attitude and festival glamour.
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Even though the collection was appealing to the youthful few who can pull off a fur shrug slung over a silk satin cowl neck mini dress and rubber gumboots with insouciance, and despite the abundance of sheer lace dresses, camo, animal print, leather and fur, the collection finished with a stream of slinky spaghetti-strapped slip dresses that were pure stripped-back glamour. Cut beautifully in silk satin, leather and chiffon, the billowing gowns managed to drape sensually over shoulders and reveal enticing flashes of leg - dresses not so much for the festival set, but for the real Saint Laurent customer - the sophisticate who fearlessly owns her sex appeal.
And while we totally think Slimane owes a Courtney Love the equivalent of an album credit on this one, perhaps it's a hint of the singer's next great fashion comeback? Love is certainly making the rounds at fashion month - in New York with the Kardashians and performing in Milan at Philipp Plein - so it's not a wish completely out the ether...