Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2014 Show Report: Dirty Pretty Things

30 September 2013 by

No one would ever accuse Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane of lacking courage in his conviction. He may have his detractors but the clothes he designs are selling so why, given the currently unstable economic climate, mess with that?

And so his girl this season - and she is very much a girl - strode out in tightly fitted leather mini skirts, sheer chiffon blouses and the signature skinny tailoring which gave rise to a revolution in menswear when Slimane came up with it way back when.

There were differences too, of course. The principal one being that these were clothes openly re-edited from the Yves Saint Laurent archive. A longer, more fluid tailored jacket made an appearance as so too did the iconic Saint Laurent lip motif which was suitably show-stopping entirely embroidered in sequins on a bustier top with a single pouf of fabric at one shoulder. In place of last season's biker boot, meanwhile, came patent Mary Janes with a curved kitten heel. That sounds prim but there was nothing much demure about the models wearing them.

The shimmer and sparkle that has been seen on more than a few Paris runways this season looked very much at home here: Lurex skater dresses, glittering animal print, and silver ankle socks worn with every look were a cute touch.

There is nothing blurred about Slimane's vision which will doubtless bring a younger customer to the label. She's the kind of girl who is just a little bit dirty and who at least some of us could be forgiven for secretly wanting to be.

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