Saint Laurent Fall Winter 2013

Avril Lavigne has been busy this season, first there was her collection designing cheap stripper clothes at Versace, and now she has collaborated with Courtney Love to design a collection of grunge wear under the banner of Saint Laurent. I lived through grunge the first time around, and it kills me to see it like this. Yes, I know many subcultures’ styles get regurgitated at the highest levels of fashion, but those styles are meant to be used as inspiration (“punk” studs used in abundance by designers, rockabilly fashion cleaned up on the catwalks.) When the runway clothes actually look like cheap plaid shirts from Army & Navy paired with flimsy floral dresses and customized army boots, then things are not going well. There wasn’t even the slightest attempt to add a Slimane or Saint Laurent signature. Remember when Marc Jacobs did grunge for Perry Ellis? Yeah, he got sacked. Sure, it didn’t kill his career, but he never tried that look again.

I love…
that Hedi Slimane’s first few shows are so bad that he may just get fired. Here’s hoping.

I loathe…

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the number of times Yves Saint Laurent is turning over in his grave.

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when Courtney Love is intentionally portrayed on a Paris catwalk.

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when your outfit looks like it cost less than fifty bucks.

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cream dresses with black fishnets. Isn’t this illegal?

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  • Linn

    I so agree, like you, I was around the first time, and Slimane brings nada to the table (or catwalk) We looked exactly like this, but maybe a bit better ;) What surprises me the most is hove cheap everything looks, and except for the one “fur” coat I know I can get all this stuff in any second hand store in my city. So little imagination, I am really a bit shocked, although my expectations were low. I don’t understand that he’s allowed to go on with this. Will it sell?

  • AnaO

    I’m outraged. This is the worst show I’ve seen since Kanye West. And Kanye at least wasn’t messing with the legacy of one of the most amazing designers of all times. Fortunately, I don’t think this will sell well – the ones who want to dress like Courtney Love on a bad day, don’t normally spend a thousand bucks on an outfit.

  • Lena

    What shocked me the most is the fact that most of the critics are being quite…well…’diplomatic’ when writing about this ‘collection’ (it doesn’t even deserve to be called that, but anyways…). Why are they being so ‘soft’? I’m sure they know this is complete and total s****, and that Slimane is, basically, taking the piss. Vogue UK is saying something in the lines of ‘well, it’s not YSL, but the collection is ok, and some pieces are good, but maybe it won’t sell very well…’, and Tim Blanks was also quite correct. Are you fucking kidding me?? Everyone knows this is a horror and a complete mess, and that this guy should be fired forever so he can go back to take his hipster pictures in Coachella. I’m starting to think that maybe they are scared to be banned from future shows, like Cathy Horyn. If that’s so, well…I I were the one to write about this I would LOVE to be banned forever if this is what we are going to see in the future.
    Wow, that was quite the rant. But, you see…I just can’t believe it. Such a horror, and so disrespectful to the Yves Saint Laurent legacy and name.

  • Nat

    Completely agree with you. Honestly I’d rather be banned than go waste my time to watch this sh*t. There isn’t a single piece of cloth that can save this collection. Even the H&M collection was wayyyy better than this. I never thought I would see some at the same level of Rihanna for River Island collection and I think her collection is better in a sense that at least is a 20 bucks pieces of clothes. Also he is trying to be hipster by not showing any bag in this collection? He was stupid bc it is probably the main revenue of YSL. What about these boots? Did he made a collaboration with Jeffrey Campbell that we are unaware? In other words this is hideous, cheap, tacky and I can’t think anyone who can buy this.

  • http://twitter.com/Ines_Cruz Inés Cruz

    OMG… I SO agree, I was waiting for your critique yesterday because I thought it was a crime against fashion. Why couldn’t Slimane take a look at the archives and take the easy way out trying with something that went more with th lines of the brand? Just like Wang did: zero risk, yet a collection that wasn’t killing the brand. How nobody saw this coming during the months that it takes to put together a collection? Why are people being so politically correct? I just don’t get it. I think if YSL revived he would kill himself agian seeing what this guy put together. Besides… people might say he was trying to be himself. Well let me tell you something: he knew what he was getting into!!! so, here’s to hope: maybe he’ll get fired after all.

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  • Dimitar

    EPIC FAIL. EPIC.
    As harsh as it may sounds – I will be happy if Hedi Slimane gets fired. This was so disrespectful to the brand.. I start to wonder if it’s intended or not and whether Hedi Slimane is doing a favor to other labels. Just a thought.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    The difference is that Wang aims to please whereas Slimane wants to show the world he can do whatever the f**k he wants and get away with it. Let’s jsut hope he doesn’t get away with it for too long.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    A lot of the reviews are very tame this season, it is sad if our most trusted critics can’t say something bad about a brand. Either that, or the critics have all gone blind.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I was thinking the same thing about the Jeffrey Campbell collab, funny :-)

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I can’t possibly see how this would sell well!

  • http://twitter.com/Ines_Cruz Inés Cruz

    Here’s to hope.

  • http://www.imtheitgirl.com/ anya

    Looks like Urban Outfitters.

  • Priscilla

    Wow this is supposed to be high fashion? It looks like an outfit I can buy at Hot Topic (FYI I don’t shop there). This is hideous. Who will shell out the big bucks for this?

  • Priscilla

    actually it does not look so much like Hot Topic but it just looks like something I can buy at ANY store inside the mall. DOWN WITH SLIMANE!!!

  • Rajan Sami

    Pierre Berge, please speak up.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Exactly. He must be regretting his initial support.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I checked it out! Nice grunge street style pics. Agree about the YSL legacy, it makes me sad :-(