First Look At Hedi Slimane’s Debut Handbag For Saint Laurent – Apparently Designed Especially For Gwyneth Paltrow: EXCLUSIVE

30 August 2012 by

We’ve seen the new logo, debated the quality of the new packaging, but now we can exclusively reveal the first ever Hedi Slimane bag for YSL….and apparently it was made especially for Gwynnie!

Sauntering through the airport in her now signature white shades, Mrs Chris Martin was spotted toting the ultimate arm candy in the form of a mink coloured leather holdall with two simple handles and a long body strap.

We have discovered (yes, we are super sleuths here at Grazia Daily!) that the tote was apparently custom made by Slimane especially for the Iron Man star - and we have to say we think it suits her pretty well.

Gwyneth Paltrow carries Hedi Slimane's first bag for YSL

Slimane’s appointment at the quintessential French luxury brand has caused endless speculation with YSL loyalists criticising his decision to change the name of the ready to wear label to Saint Laurent and his outward steps to move away from the classic YSL values (there were reports that Slimane was intending to move the design studio to L.A.)

Meanwhile Hedi’s legion of fashion fans including Saint Laurent’s former partner Pierre Berge have come to his defence with Berge saying he should be “left to do fashion in a city that he likes.”

Tickets for Slimane’s first runway show for YSL set to take place during Paris Fashion Week in October are the hottest seats in town with planet fashion working itself into a frenzy – needless to say expectations are riding extremely high.

So what does Hedi’s debut bag tell us about what we can expect come October? Number one, quality is going to be key – even from 10 paces you can tell that this is a PLB – proper luxury bag.

Secondly, Slimane’s  accessory appears to be wholly without frills – can we expect a strictly minimalist collection to walk down the runway? Seems likely.

Lastly, Slimane’s colour choice of mink – not quite grey, and not quite beige is telling. A seriously flattering neutral tone this hint of mink could be key to Hedi’s S/S 2013 palette. Waiting. With. Bated. Breath!  


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