We had not particularly liked last season’s Saint Laurent collection, so we walked into the Saint Laurent spring/summer 2016 show with a bit of skepticism. While the brand had been incredible back in the day, we feel it had lost much of its appeal of late, something we woefully mourn. We walked in hoping against hope that the trashy street looks would be put aside for the classier lady, the mature woman, the one with the ability to conquer the world with anything but by lying on her backside. We might have expected too much.
At least we didn’t get trashy though, even if the maturity and sophistication was missing from the Saint Laurent chic. Designer Hedi Slimane has managed to pull the brand out of the gutter a bit though, for which we are grateful. This collection had a single figure it was inspired by, a musician loved by all – Courtney Love. For that very reason, we cannot say much against the collection itself for the famous artist’s aura was indeed among the line-up.
The biggest spring fashion other than the red color seems to be the creation of silky slip dresses that look to belong in your nightgown closet more so than your eveningwear. However, it is a huge trend unto itself, meaning that when we see Saint Laurent creations of this caliber, we should not be surprised. On the contrary, most of the dresses on this line were actually more in tune with something to wear out than many other designers’ creations.
The Saint Laurent spring 2016 collection was actually surprisingly good, even if it has deviated heavily from what it was before; and what it was certainly appealed to our feminine sensitivities. Here we see rhinestone tiaras, something that Courtney Love seemed to have great affection for, her big 1995 look in vintage champagne colored silk slip dress and $2 tiara still making waves in the fashion industry. This is what we wore to the Oscars party and it appears Saint Laurent wants to have the theme recur, this time in the brand’s own dress.
Trends we see going are the slip dresses all right, but also the side and center slits that mark the long dresses, the very open chests and plunging necklines, the cut-out shoulders with sleeves and spaghetti straps holding it up, the simple sequin looks and the not so flattering fall of the looser slips. We see things other than dresses as well. There were elements that look like they were taken right from the streets and plopped onto the catwalk, including the pretty blazer with white blouse and close fitting pants with sandals look or the whole animal print skirt with the side slit and oversized sweater on top, garnished with rainboots ideal. We actually rather love that one, along with the boot cut denim jeans tucked into the black boots, white sweater on top and finished off with a lovely zippered black leather jacket. It’s a look we can certainly go for and probably will.
The short sequin dresses of the strapless mini hemmed piece in leopard are not our style, but we can fall in love with the overall shorts paired with rainboots and a breezy light jacket. A tiger or leopard print coat over any ensemble certainly appeals to our senses as well!
Photos courtesy of Vogue