Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2014

I would have been quite surprised if this Saint Laurent show was worse than last season, because Slimane had already hit rock bottom on the design front. So it was a relief to see that this season was a marginal improvement, although focus on the word “marginal.” He is still disgracing the Yves Saint Laurent brand by parading teenage punk girls down the catwalk in trashy clothing that doesn’t look expensive or well made, but at least there are a few nice pieces here.

I love…

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a fun little dress that gives a nod to Rive Gauche (although more in the Sonia Rykiel sense – she is based there, too.)

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that this cocktail dress is pretty cool.

I loathe…

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the skinny suit. I am over it. Do the words “one trick pony” come to mind?

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that this looks like cheap Balmain and should never set foot on Yves Saint Laurent’s catwalk (yes, I did say Yves.)

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when Saint Laurent looks like Forever 21.

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the dresses goth teenagers wore to school dances in the 90’s.

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • Rajan Sami

    We’re told Slimane is doing amazing things at retail from privately-held Kering. Don’t know if it is the truth – or just hype. Meanwhile, Pilati is doing amazing things where he’s landed.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I’m not sure if I believe that things are that “amazing” at retail. Maybe the orders are so small, they are selling out. It is easy to fudge those numbers. Let’s see what happens over the next few seasons. Come on, no one is actually buying this crap, are they?

  • Rajan Sami

    My point is they can’t actually say it’s not selling or not doing well. They’ve made a big, costly change at the label and so they will stick it out for a while, if at the very least to save face.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I can’t wait until Pierre Bergé realizes he has made a mistake supporting Slimane and lets loose.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Correction, he has already realized, I meant to say “admits.”

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Correction – when Pierre Bergé “admits” he has made a mistake. He probably already knows it. And btw, check out Robin Givhan’s review, it is excellent. So are some of the comments (they are funny.) It has given me a new respect for the readers of The Cut http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/10/givhan-slimanes-assault-on-luxury-and-beauty.html

  • Rajan Sami

    Givhan: “This time, the collection was a sucker punch to sophistication; a jab at the very meaning of luxury, a humorless impersonation of cool. And worst of all, it was ugly.” – I love it!

  • jasper

    this ain’t no pilati ysl, but i am falling for this kistchy rocker shit. they are wearable clothes that look like they could be easily made anywhere/by anyone… but they’re (i assume) high quality and well made which sadly, is a huge appeal. also, i’m tired of seeing minimal everything so this is actually refreshing and i almost feel ready for the whole indie trend to make a comeback. ALMOST!

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    The problem is, they look trashy in a bad way, not in a good way. I could be open to the indie look, but Slimane does it so badly. He should be creative director at Forever 21.

  • Alice Wang

    I definetly agree with you. Since Yves Saint Laurent changed its name to ‘just’ Saint Laurent, it kind of lost its identity.

  • @Elaryen

    Heavens, who styled these models. It’s like they have chosen dress, hair and make up precisely to bring out their worst features.