Where is Saint Laurent, with or without the Yves? Granted, the name has changed, and we should be used to the new name by now, but it seems as if the aesthetic and history of the brand has gone through a bit of a an identity struggle. Its not quite a crisis, as Hedi Slimane is a creative genius, but one could wonder if too much creative license was taken for Saint Laurent Fall 2013.
California Grunge was the theme, and grunge is certainly what you got. This look is very much the trend and what the population creates while mixing high and low end pieces. My question is do we want to see this on the runway of a house where there is never such a thing as low end?
Whether YSL or SLP, we look to the brand to give us timeless, well tailored pieces for the powerful woman. Black pant suits, dramatic capes, structured blouses, and an overall complement to what we see in menswear is what we expect, but this season we got a glimpse into what the daughters of YSL enthusiasts would wear.
There were some interesting pieces to the collection – a no brainer considering the designer – the fur and leather pieces were creatively detailed, and fit was not compromised in this identity change either. In the midst of grunge, you saw traits of luxury throughout, but if you are one to hold onto the heritage favor of established brands, then you may have left viewing this collection as a wayward fan searching for a way back to the House of Saint Laurent.