Is Hedi Slimane’s new collection for the house of Saint Laurent the right direction? Or in retrospect, was Fall 2013 the edge that Saint Laurent needs?


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  1. M Ruth

    September 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    It was disappointing to me.

  2. Katherine

    September 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I’m loving the edge that Saint Laurent has been bringing. The mix of metallics and black is perfection.

  3. Julia

    September 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    What happened to old, classic and chic YSL?

  4. sarah stone

    September 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I love Hedi Slimane as a designer for menswear but he doesn’t grasp the woman’s body in the right way > it’s more tacky glam than edgy

  5. Name*l James Redwood Harris

    September 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    le snooze

    • Sascha

      October 1, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Yeah… so I hated the Fall collection, and it has now grown on me. So I’m going to wait it out and see whether this one will grow too… but it has less of a shocking effect, and really is a snooze…. like boring almost. It’s harping on the same theme. You can shock once. But then you gotta move on, and outgrow that.

      I really want to see him do some very masculine, chic womenswear, which would resonate with the YSL smoking kind of ideas.

      But please, stop making those shiny one shouldered dresses, that look really cheap.

  6. fashmongers

    September 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Slimane brought a new dimension to the house. First collection was the proof that he aimed to catch a different generation. With this one, he definetly designs for younger.

    • Ana

      October 1, 2013 at 5:03 am

      The” younger “can not afford his product.

  7. Lindsey

    September 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Love the red dress in the third picture & love some of the colors used

  8. Wayde

    September 30, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    What’s different? It still looks like the YSL Woman has taken a wrong turn to Trashville. Has the man no respect for the house whatsoever? While separately the pieces are very wearable; the presentations of the models and individual looks are ridiculous and have nothing to do with the YSL Woman we all know and love. In Hedi’s defence the shoes are amazing and perhaps that’s his angle in this position; to create separate pieces that sell regardless of the mood and attitude of the house. Perhaps Nicholas Ghesquiere or John Galliano could be considered for the role?

    • Colleen

      September 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      While I think the hemlines might be a little short, even Tom Ford sent a model down the runway in a silk robe and bra thing in 04- ten years ago- and there’s definitely been some stranger stuff. Clearly they picked Slimane to make a change in the design, and I think that grasping whatever the heck it is everything this YSL/Saint Laurent to stand for would take more than a season or two.

      Besides, these pictures definitely show the “youngest” and shortest of the designs- there was some fantastic (and still a little sexy) suiting going on throughout the show.

  9. ChamaFashion

    September 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Beautiful photos!

  10. Nico

    September 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    In love with the look with the green skirt, but I don’t like the rest, to me is like a bad copy of ’80s!

  11. Elena

    September 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Oh no, it’s Christophe Decarnin for Balmain all over again ! It’s heart breaking to see another label that was build with passion by a designer that had an understanding of style and the female body. I mean of course YSL always had a way of being provocative, but always with a goal. I don’t think I’m ready to see another fashion house going down the Cindy Lauper meets MCHammer road again… It’s sad that fashion is back to cheap fabrics and one hit wonders…. it’s just like seeing a five star restaurant turn into a fast food chain…. but I’ve already expressed what i think happened to Balmain on my blog, so I won’t go into that here…

  12. Fred

    September 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Hedi the 8Os are not cool anymore!

    • Name*

      September 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Actually Just because a look was pioneered in a certain time doesn’t mean it dies with that time. The 80′s are just so romantic that I think we will never tire of them. In some ways its just getting going. Besides, it seems like people are having the need for something OTHER then the 40′s silhouettes everyone has been throwing down. I think this is EXACTLY what people will want. Right or wrong. I know a lot of women want to go short again with the skirts.

      • Wayde

        October 1, 2013 at 9:13 am

        Romantic? You call these sequin incrusted, trashy things romantic? They look more like what girls on street corners would wear!!!

  13. Niia

    September 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Honestly, this collection reminds me of the ghastly one in which Lindsay Lohan was the “artistic advisor” to Ungaro. And we know what happened there.

  14. Laura

    September 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I love those metallic tones on every colors! Beautiful collection!

  15. Suzanne Nelson

    September 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Further evidence that the wonderfully talented Hedi Slimane is the wrong man for YSL. Hedi deserves to be able to truly shine with his own (probably menswear) label under his own name and YSL deserves to rest in peace and he and his creativity be remembered with admiration and respect. This situation does a disservice to both great men.

    • Konstantine

      October 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

      Put, so perfectly.
      Totally AGREE

  16. A tres vueltas de coletero

    September 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm

  17. Nini piccola

    September 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Looks like a more expensive H&M… It’s going to be over soon if they don’t replace Hedi

  18. monkeyshines

    September 30, 2013 at 6:30 pm

  19. SueM

    September 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Of course I’m not a 20 year old with the sensibilities of F21 and the money from god knows what.
    Seriously, where is the skill, the drama, the beauty of YSL?
    Sequins do not make a plebeian twist of polyester dramatic, anymore than lipstick does on a ….well, you know.


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  21. Erica

    September 30, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Not feelin’ it.

  22. Michael Scott

    September 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I preferred the last collection….now. I didn’t like it at the time. This collection seems…totally pointless. That 80s print one shoulder number is …sad. Like a pile of 80s cast-offs at the VOA. Depressing.

  23. Amy Crumbaugh

    September 30, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Yikes. This is horribly dated and uninspiring – you could buy the majority of these clothes at any club wear store. I resent the fact that people consider this “young,” as I as a young person wouldn’t wear the majority of these pieces.

  24. dieter stein

    September 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    …desolé, the former collection promissed a much “wilder” direction (in the best sense), this is a forceless fiasco, ´m sorry ´cause respect Hedi so much!…

  25. kolo

    September 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Pas facile après Yves… Les jeunes femmes d’aujourd’hui à Paris (je ne sais pour le reste) ont globalement une vision plus subtile et inventive de la féminité, moins premier,degré que ces silhouettes, je ne reyiendrais que les chaussettes lurex ds les petits escarpins à noeudnoeud . Heidi me semble plus fainéant que manquer de talent.

  26. marving

    September 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I liked his Spring 2013 collection and the grungy Fall 2013 was “meh” but this Spring 2014 is tacky. He wants us to relive the 80s right down to Michael Jackson’s socks….I say no thanks!!!

  27. milex

    September 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    OH YES, finally.

  28. Quyen

    September 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Hooray to the return of metallics! I love the 80′s metallic looks!

  29. Celia

    September 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    When everyone was wringing their hands over Alexander Wang taking over Balenciaga, this was the level of output I would’ve expected. Instead, Wang used the opportunity to showcase his maturing skills while taking the label to some new areas and balancing his ideas with the house. I was guarded but still hopeful when I saw YSL’s F/W collection but now however, my optimism is gone. It’s a shame that Slimane doesn’t appear (in my eyes) to be a good fit at the house–he’s certainly more than proven himself as a designer. I just don’t see any hint of the Saint Laurent legacy and I’m sorry to say that at this luxury price point, everything looks very, very cheap.

    • Wayde

      September 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Absolutely right Celia! Alexander Wang has proven himself an appropriate match for Balenciaga but Hedi is seemingly damaging and disrespecting the legacy of an age old company.
      As with the previous SLP collections by Hedi I am noticing an overwhelming amount of comments regarding the price point of such trashy and cheap looking clothing. With regard to this an old friend once told me that most rich people don’t have great taste. If that’s the case perhaps SLP will be turning over even greater amounts than it did with Stefano at the helm. Stefano how we miss you!

      • Celia

        October 1, 2013 at 12:31 am

        True that while sometimes the rich don’t always have…the most refined tastes, I would still expect to see some visual evidence of luxury. It’s not as if the pieces in this collection are emblazoned with big YSL logos; another commenter pointed out that Tom Ford at Gucci certainly put out some very risque pieces–however, I will note that one of the many things Ford is able to do so well is to create very distinctively luxe clothing. A delicate leather trim here, an exceptionally beaded finish there, an especially sumptuous velvet or saturated silk, tailoring; a slit so precise that a degree more or less would be the defining factor between scandalous and pedestrian–all these things visually signal LUXURY–both in the craftsmanship of the garment and the thought behind the design. I have yet to see any hint of that kind of luxe here.

        • john

          October 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

          Have you ever actually seen any of the pieces in person? They are produced in the best factories in the world. The attention to detail and specifics are impeccable, and would not be the same without Hedi’s eye. I can understand how seeing it all come down the runway at once, with such specific styling, can be off putting, but the clothes are spectacular on their own.

          • Demi

            October 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

            I don’t think anybody is really referring to the quality of the craftsmanship of the clothes when they describe the collection as coming off as “cheap”. Its mainly in reference to the combination of the styling with the hair and make up and the . The gold socks just render me speechless, there lacks a certain level of taste, class, elegance, ideas, innovation that one expects from a Parisian high fashion house that possesses such a strong legacy and heritage.

            Whats the point of a well made strapless pink and black striped top or a bronze and orange snake skin skirt? How is that progressive in terms of design innovation? What is Hedi trying to say? If the answer to that question is that he’s trying to convey a younger appeal, then why does he do it in such an obvious high-street topshop referential way? The only answer that presents itself is that he lacks imagination and so in that manner becomes a lazy designer, dare I say it…

  30. carole

    September 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Disappointing and a little tacky. It is truly a shame to take this once amazing fashion house down the wrong road.

  31. Alessandra

    September 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Saint Laurent: simply the best!

  32. Alecia Stevens

    September 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Ouch. I think he nailed it last season with the hats, the long dresses, the chic bohemian. I was looking at images of St. Laurent with Betty Catroux and LouLou de la Falaise this weekend. Tres chic! I don’t see that spirit here.

  33. martine

    September 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    The disco minnies are starting to grow on me. I like it as a contrast to all the mid calf, flowy hippie crap. Its just like the boho and the harder more punk inspired thing taking yet another turn through the revolving door….that said Im not ready to do the disco ball boxy mini skirts just yet…come summer I might be.

  34. Sarah_H.

    September 30, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    This is couture?

  35. Linda

    October 1, 2013 at 12:22 am


  36. Jas

    October 1, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I don’t think its in the right direction. Granted, I’m biased because I liked Pilati but I remember Slimane being on point over at Dior Homme that his return was all the more disappointing for me when it didn’t live up to my excitement. I’ve found the collections for Saint Laurent (the name change was stupid, by the way, but that’s my two cents and I won’t rant here) underwhelming and this one is meh. I think he should seriously look at the archives and remember that it’s supposed to be about heritage/luxury first and youth second. Also, I completely second the comments that he needs to familiarize himself about female body/form!!

  37. Isa

    October 1, 2013 at 1:08 am

    As a lot of people, I don’t like this collection…

  38. Gabrielle

    October 1, 2013 at 1:26 am

    It’s not so much my taste.

  39. Anastasios

    October 1, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Well, many nice pieces but not great in total. Just like a bit of everything. No solid collection like that of Tom Ford for example.

  40. objectlessons

    October 1, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Again too simple. I am not sure what is worse. Mr. Slimane not being able to understand the DNA of the house of Saint Laurent – or simply ignoring it.
    The result is a travesty .

  41. The Fashion Fraction

    October 1, 2013 at 3:08 am

    love the draping and the shiny golden color

  42. infotour-africa

    October 1, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Wow nice color. I like your dress color very much.

  43. Lira

    October 1, 2013 at 4:08 am

    I thought Bill Gaytten collection for Galliano this season was awfully lack of the spirit of Galliano but in comparison to Slimane , it made Gaytten’s collection looked so appealing.
    It seemed Slimane reproduced the collection from archives of Joan Collin in Dallas soap opera, Ivana Trump and all the woman jet setters in the 70s and 80s. He had totally fail to translate the 80s glam to today edginess. This collection is so lack of story, let alone the sprit of YSL. The suits in this collection were far from the feeling of seduction and sensuality of YSL “Le Smoking ” which he created in 1966.
    Wang and Raf Simons could capture the spirit of the houses and put their own stamps on them but let us recognise the identity of the houses we know.
    Who is he trying to sell this collection to ? Euro trash? It is so disappointing.

  44. StreetLounge

    October 1, 2013 at 4:10 am

    It looks to me a little bit like Barbie-style. I am not sure if this is good or bad.

  45. Guy

    October 1, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Im very sorry to say this year i feel it looks very cheap compered to previous years. To many sparkles and not enough class

  46. Baking Soda

    October 1, 2013 at 4:54 am


  47. Elizabeth

    October 1, 2013 at 4:58 am

    To quote the great Dolly Parton, ” you have no idea how much it costs to look this cheap”. Not only are these clothes derivative & trashy, they are extremely expensive. Perhaps Mr Slimane has more to say, but so far the mismatch between price tags/potential customers and clothes is too much. Some of the hagiographic press coverage of last season suggested that he is echoing YSL’s own introduction of “youth” clothing such as jeans in the 1960s, but the difference then was that high end customers dressed formally. Now almost everyone dresses casually, & everything he has offered so far is widely available at every fast fashion shop. The real revolutionary challenge is to make more dressed up clothing light & modern for daytime. Perhaps Hedi Slimane should go back to his speciality of menswear & leave the future of womenswear to Raf Simons.

  48. Charlotte

    October 1, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Same as lots of people here, I think this collection shows once again that Hedi Slimane isn’t a good fit for SLP. At the moment I’m not optimist for the brand’s years to come.
    The problem may certainly be related to the fact that both the managing people and the creative ones at Saint Laurent are quite sure of themselves and don’t care about what the general opinion is. They seem to be disconnected with the audience. Would be interesting that people working for SLP shared their vision here.

  49. Iz Said

    October 1, 2013 at 5:31 am

    I wouldn’t want H Slimane to repeat any of the YSL designs that belong to an era which was long gone. This is so now.

    • D. O. B.

      October 1, 2013 at 7:59 am

      People are clearly forgetting that it’s YSL that popularized ready-to-wear. Rive Gauche was made to reflect the people, make luxury accessible, at least aesthetically. It was the true voice of Parisian street style. When the first-ever boutique opened, in NYC, it was located far away from the major luxury design houses. That’s the genius in a way of Slimane. He’s getting back to those roots, inspiring with the familiar, getting away from the malarkey of unwearable, over-visioned apparel, while, from these comments, most others are trying to have him remake Saint Laurent Haute Couture. As mentioned by Tim Blanks, yes, there is a lack of creativity that is daunting/confusing/even maddening but we are all now a captive audience to his path.

      This take is a total slap in the face to Ghesquiere who was NOT about democratizing fashion (the two don’t see eye to eye for this reason, and Wang was hired to reel it all in for the public). He was being pressured by his house to make his clothes more accessible, but his vision was for a woman that would be, not for a woman that had been or now exists. This is where Slimane excels, getting back to Rive Gauche and though reflective of a time that’s passed, there is a bevy of wearable goodies for us all!


        October 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

        …sorry , but it´s pretty hard to see beyond the ( yet expensive) simply trashy and style-lacking…

  50. YV

    October 1, 2013 at 7:42 am

    i love it. but i do agree it lacks complications.

  51. Rose

    October 1, 2013 at 8:55 am

    It seems like a lot of people didn’t bother to look at the rest of the collection before posting a pithy comment.

    Nice photography though! The power in their walks is incredible

  52. alessia sica

    October 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Wonderful show!

    The New Art of Fashion

  53. Alice

    October 1, 2013 at 11:59 am

    There is grungy or edgy or pinky (Marc Jacobs in the 90′s) but this is just trashy

  54. Danielle

    October 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    There is no message or apparent look in this collection. I don’t see how one look relates to the next. I could not build a wardrobe with any of these pieces.

  55. Gabriel Villea

    October 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I love fashion photography Hedi Slimane and inspires me to create my fashion illustrations, but his work for YSL confuses me.

  56. Mina

    October 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    To much retro and to little designing in my opinion.

  57. vvn

    October 2, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I think Hedi Slimane has made YSL feel like a collection for teenaged girls that are still exploring their style. I don’t feel a point of view with any of his collections for YSL (or should I say Saint Laurent?) thus far.

  58. lesacheteuses

    October 2, 2013 at 5:41 am

    I am quite happy after seeing most the shows and felt richer. Richer? Yes, because I do not want anything. Everything was so boring, Dries, Ann, Chanel, YSL etc. boring, boring.

    • M.

      October 2, 2013 at 8:17 am

      I agree. Dries was v. dull and disappointing. Chanel was a mess. This YSL is not even worth commenting upon.

      However, Rochas had a few dresses I wish I could afford. In particular, an ankle length silver dress with a wide skirt.

      • lesacheteuses

        October 3, 2013 at 3:27 am

        You are right! I had missed Rochas and all that brocade done in a casual way was very good!

  59. Claire

    October 2, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Fall 2013 was amazingly cut, using some of the best materials including soft buttery leather, and that’s why that collection cemented Mr. Slimane’s position at YSL.

    This collection, as others have pointed out, looks cheap and badly cut. When it looks bad on the models, how do you think it is going to look on you? I could spend £+9,000 on something that looks like (and perhaps is) polyester, or I could go to Primark/H&M and get it for a fraction of the price.

    The thing with Spring-Summer collections when you are trying to establish an edgier image (as Mr. Slimane is doing) is that Spring-Summer is usually much more difficult to ‘wear’ than Autumn-Winter. Many women gravitate towards being envelopped once the weather turns cold. They feel both comfortable and powerful in boots. Switching to skin-baring abd colours in the Spring can be an adjustment. Therefore (famous last words!) this SS2014 collection may be a somewhat harder sell for Mr. Slimane than his AW2013 one.

    • Baking Soda

      October 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Claire, I agreed with your points of view…

  60. Demi

    October 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I’m really pleased that the clothes do not translate as “cheap” as much as previous seasons, but the little gold socks paired with the shoes kill my soul, it just does not convey any sense of elegance or sophistication, or even basic good taste…

  61. cc

    October 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    LOVED the last Fall collection.
    I think this is an Interesting statement!
    It’s still in keeping with the “Rock n’ Roll Studio 56″ part of YSL’s personal life? and certainly Slimanes’ love of indie rock esthetics.
    I feel that some of the styles from the 80′s are 40′s glamour thru a 2nd hand store blender.
    Again kinda indie Rock n’ Roll…….

  62. Alessia

    October 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    love every dress!

  63. Damien

    October 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Saint Laurent was always about freedom and luxury and it’s just still like ever! Every details are just amazing, from the detachable tag of a mohair wool scarf to a carton box, to a shape of a smoking or an internet website or a total collection! People must be blind to don’t recognize his genius just exactly like Yves was! Congratulations Mister Slimane

  64. Alex

    October 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    totally boring, kind of expected and a bit trashy.. I did love the winter collection but somehow can’t see this grow on me!

  65. Ann

    November 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    LOVE an understatement ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  66. fotograf Piekary śląskie

    November 17, 2014 at 3:44 am

    beautiful super

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