Hedi Slimane’s Yves Saint Laurent Debut Gets Rave Reviews

The times they are a-changin’ at Yves Saint Laurent. Newly-appointed creative director Hedi Slimane recently decided to rename the house Saint Laurent Paris, a change that those closest to the designer surprisingly welcomed. And it looks like Slimane’s first work for the label will be a hit as well.

For the past week, Slimane’s debut collections — women’s resort, men’s spring 2013, and accessories — have been on display for select buyers in a showroom at the Grand Palais in Paris. According to WWD, the women’s line includes hot pants, gold lamé, silk blouses, and animal prints. One buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, said of the men’s collection:

“It’s very black and white, with a strong Eighties influence. There were new constructions and cuts for suits, with a focus on the three-button jacket, and new shirt shapes with lots of special details, such as new collars and cuffs.”

The consensus seemed to be that Slimane’s designs displayed a strong vision that is true to YSL’s roots, albeit with a very modern twist. As of now there are no lookbooks available and no photography is allowed inside the showrooms, so we may have to wait until September to see the goods ourselves.


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