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Thursday, 6 February 2014
Downtown Glamour ... Saint Laurent SS2014 Collection
Just a glimpse, any seasoned fashion critique could tell
that there is a strong sensational vibe emanating from Hedi Slimane’s
spring/summer 2014 collection for the storied fashion maison Saint Laurent.
The lustrous, high shine surfaces, edgy
prints and rock star nuances say it all.
With Los Angeles — the major
cradle of world’s popular and celebrity culture — being the base of Hedi
Slimane, it is not surprising to know that glamour is the order of the day on Saint Laurent’s runway.
The show opens with British model Edie Campbell strutting on
the runway with glittering black dress with pointed sleeves and deep
Black sheer collared blouses with panelling detail on the lapel are
paired with leather skirts and layered with military jacket, smoking jacket or
trench coat. There’s also the famous Le Smoking look in Slimane’s own
interpretation towards the finale of the womenswear show.
Cowl-necked black top paired with leather pants and jackets
inject an ounce of the alluring 90s while a studded leather biker jacket paired
with matching skinny pants and sheer blouse with ruffled lapel conjures to mind
one of Patti Smith’s well-remembered looks.
Another rock star-worthy look that
will steal attention is a sequin-drenched one-shoulder top in blazing fire
pattern worn with dual toned snakeskin short skirt and studded belt.
Dresses are flirty and hark back to the cool 80s and 90s –
the kind that on-screen style icon Carrie Bradshaw is likely to be seen in on
both Carrie Diaries and Sex and the City.
Some sport ruffled
skirts, some are doused in prints and some come in strong silhouettes. I also sensed
the chic presence of David Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust on a couple of
high-shine dresses, due to the display of sharp detailing such as pointed shoulders
A number of couture-worthy pieces are also paraded on the
runway such as a halter neck black and white optical print dress with puffed
shoulder and asymmetrical hem; belted long one-shoulder dress drenched in
sequins with draped right sleeve; and black draped one-shoulder dress with
heavily layered shoulder which reminds us of the eccentric Lady Gaga in her
Similar look and feel is present in the menswear collection
as well. Present - in spirit, not physically - is Mick Jagger's iconic style nuances with slight improvisation, plus lots of coolness.
While black dominates the working palette, a smattering of powerful hues such
as yellow, red, blue as well as eclectic melange of prints is also added as
part of the collection’s ultra-glamorous landscape.
The trousers are crafted
either slim fit or skinny while the tops are smart and easy. High shine embellishment also adds a good dose
of Hollywood pizzazz to the Saint
Laurent’s spring/summer menswear look.
Saint Laurent’s spring/summer
2014 ready-to-wear (men and women) and accessories are available now at all Saint Laurent boutiques
and selected multi-brand retailers worldwide.
*Photos courtesy of Saint
Saint Laurent - Lot 2.32,
Level 2, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 55100 Malaysia