Monday, October 1, 2012

(Y)SL Spring 2013: One down...



Fashion shows come and go. In a matter of minutes, that thing we all anticipated, argued about, took bets on and convinced ourselves would change the way we face tomorrow happens and it's as though nothing actually happened at all. Here I sit in my Paul Smith multi-striped robe, freshly showered, shaved and sipping an awesome cup of Assam tea watching the (Y)SL collection on YouTube. Hedi Slimane's debut was billed as nothing short of a divine intervention. He was the cherry on top of a cake that's been listing alarmingly to one side. Actually, both he and Raf Simons at Dior were the new Archangels of the moment. Raf's wings were not as buoyant as some predicted. There will be plenty of discussion on the strengths of Hedi's, as well. I will say this: there were moments that had a bit of zip but in the long run, the collection seemed distressingly earthboound.

The opening salvo of Smokings, jabot tied throats of billowing chiffon blouses and his signature skinny, crotch foreshortened trousers were interesting for the first 6 exits until I saw quickly that this was the big and the small of his message. The trousers looked ill suited to the models attenuated and emaciated bodies. Though he ushered in this (new) proportion 7 years ago, it no longer has the sizzle it once did. Coupled with shoes that challenged the best of the ladies to walk seductively, or to just walk at all, there was a feeling of tension in the parade. The hats didn't help. It looked like a coven of witches had descended though I know that was not his intent. Still, they looked like witches. The beaded cardigans were beautiful as were many of the jackets, both Smokings and leather motorcycle versions. But the trousers whether in leather or wool stopped the flow of the picture. Slimane's takes on classic YSL iconic styles like the long suede Safari gown, the Moroccan blouses and long billowing skirts and some tiered pleated chiffon gowns were neatly presented but didn't feel new or different. They merely referenced and failed to presage anything to come.

Black was everywhere with momentary breaks of grey/brown and a grey with a few exceptions near the end. Tailoring was the sole technique at play. The "Flou" that we all have loved and anticipated, at least I did, was basically 7 shapes in blouses, long swinging skirts and a djellaba. That's it. They were cut again and again, mostly in black and then in brown, grey, green, red and blue. Making a statement and sticking to it is the name of the game, but this was a little short on ideas, or at least new ones. I liked the black chiffon gowns for their purity and spare detail. The belts were also great. I wondered if he and Rachel Zoe had spent a few nights on the town in L.A. before he got down to work. The clothes looked distressingly like her idea of (Y)SL. I do think that it all had more sizzle than Dior. At least it was sexy. Perhaps, over time Hedi Slimane will do for women what he so ably has done for men.

14 comments:

Caroline said...

You nailed it, Fluff. It was a boring, all too faithful collection. Paris has been really underwhelming.

iain said...

Ennui is the word.

And I'm thinking the reviews for Dior and Saint Laurent were heavily influenced by ad budgets.

veronica buencamino said...

You are right about the Rachel Zoe inspiration because she dresses like that but it also reminds me of 70's Roberto Cavalli which by the way JLo dresses like this a lot of times. It is not original. It is also a tired look.

Tiffany said...

You are so right about them looking like a coven of witches. As soon as I saw the photos, the theme from Wicked started playing in my head. Such a strange collection.

chris in sf said...

wake me up when it's over...

Caroline said...

On a much brighter note, Sarah Burton! The Alexander McQueen was phenomenal!

the line sheet said...

This collection was Yves Saint Laurent...Instagrammed. :(

Anonymous said...

I agree with Chris in San Francisco,I am bone tired, I had it.......Can someone please replace Suzy Menkes soon,Fluff ?
Spirou

Anonymous said...

The consensus here is that he inspired himself from Betty Catroux, Yves`muse along la Falaise for many years......That is her look !!!!!!
spirou

chris in sf said...

I think the world is ready for Galiano's come-back, right about now... Hate to say it, but we need a bit of crazy in the house to counterbalance all this blandness...

chris in sf said...

OMG, the McQ show was utterly delicious!
would luv to hear your thoughts on it.

Anonymous said...

Interesting article in the NYT by Eric Wilson( where is Guy Trebay?) , giving details on the St Laurent show. I appreciate the fact that Sliman refused to talk to anyone after or before the show and that Editors were treated " badly " including Cathy Horyn. I am not sure though that he deciphered the YSL code, it was a bit weak, the slim pant is getting old, but I like him, his irreverence, his love of LA....Anything that annoys journalists and editors (who believe themselves so important and precious) is gold to me. I like his attitude !
Spirou

andrea moore said...

Really on a much brighter note, as I saw the photos, the theme from Wicked started playing all in my head.

Anonymous said...

pareitfiu 1Hope you are safe in NY. Thinking of you.
Spirou