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  1. Gian Luca M

    March 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    …simply…fashion and elegance in beautiful shots…

    Gian Luca M

    • andreea

      March 5, 2013 at 3:19 am

      i love hedi, but this isn’t something to write home about…

      • G

        March 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

        I agree, nothing special. Looks like it could have been a collaboration for H&M

        • Noemi

          March 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

          I agree with you. I think Yves Saint Laurent is turning in his grave. This collection has nothing to do with YSL. I can buy those checkered shirts for 40 euros, while they probably cost hundreds and hundreds.

          • Name*

            March 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm

            Truly. It’s so self absorbed. Dreadful.

  2. danielle

    March 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    awesome tights.

  3. Simbarashe

    March 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    The red and black plaid reminds me of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Vogue Magazine’s failed attempt to encapsulate it at the time.

    • SSB

      March 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Perfectly said.

      • Nasha

        March 5, 2013 at 12:17 am

        Agreed. Saint Laurent just killed Kurt Cobain.

        • Mike

          March 5, 2013 at 7:27 am

          I laughed out loud when I read this. Very funny…unlike this show.

    • Lateybirdy

      March 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

      True words…

  4. irene

    March 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    love those tights!

  5. Laura

    March 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I really love the mix of lace, transparency, and short dresses with those gorgeous boots!

  6. Beatrice

    March 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Ridicule ! De la friperie Ă  15 000 euros.

    • Demi

      March 5, 2013 at 4:47 am

      Thats exactly right, how on earth can you charge large sums of money for items that one can get at a vintage store or any ordinary sportswear brand store ( i.e. plaid shirt). This isn’t design nor is it innovation, its a waste of an amazing heritage/legacy of womenswear and haute couture. I wish Hedi had started his own label (these clothes are far more suitable to his aesthetic) rather than messing about with YSL, its such a shame, I want Stephano back…

      • Rebecca

        March 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        WORD. This is exactly which was going through my head!

      • ridiculiz

        March 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm


    • Ottoman Dandy

      March 5, 2013 at 6:30 am

      I agree…This is utter rubbish…

  7. Georgie

    March 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    It looks a bit too “high-street” in my opinion (I’m not American but I’m hoping you use that phrase in America too)

  8. Martin

    March 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Pierre Berge is having a heart attack right now.

    • c woodyard

      March 5, 2013 at 12:54 am

      I’m sure he is……..

    • Flavia

      March 5, 2013 at 3:58 am

      my thoughts exactly!

    • Juergen

      March 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Pierre BergĂ© actually loved it. Here’s a tweet from yesterday: Pierre BergĂ© ‏@pvgberge
      J’avais raison d’ĂŞtre confiant: la collection d’Hedi Slimane pour YSL Ă©tait sensationnelle. Un Yves rajeuni qui frĂ´le la fameuse col 40.

      This one is very risky, but then Hedi has often taken big risks.

      • Danielle

        March 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        i think the real translation should be:
        ‘i don’t know why i’m tweeting this, but i can’t say it it was the worse thing i ever saw in my life so i don’t look so stupid for treating stefano so terrible. i’ll wait til next month to tell everyone what i really think. sorry catherine deneuve for wasting the trip!’

        • J.O.B.

          March 6, 2013 at 9:32 am

          funtastic translation! :)

    • TCR

      March 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

      The best laugh of the day! Thank you Martin.

  9. Theresa

    March 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm


  10. Alexandria

    March 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Oh, I am not liking this collection at all. Obviously it was inspired by the slew of young girls revisiting the 90′s and have part-time jobs at Urban Outfitters. Not only does it look cheap and uninspiring in general – it does nothing for the Saint Laurent brand.

    • Martijn Pierre Keisers

      March 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      I so agree with you, nothing says Saint Laurent to me, such a shame of that fab legacy..

    • Name*

      March 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      terrible collection, it ain’t Laurent without Yves… so true

    • Jenny

      March 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Yes! First thing I thought was, oh man this was how I dressed when I worked at UO… back in the early millennium

    • Anca

      March 4, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      I totally agree. Anyone can design a collection like this one. It did not stand out…

    • M.

      March 5, 2013 at 3:07 am

      it looks like h&m.. no, actually h&m’s show looked better

  11. Luiz

    March 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I didnt like at all. Its not YSL. Its not 2013!

  12. Anne-Sophie

    March 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    As a french girl I really dont get it… it looks confused messy and sometimes cheap. The spirit of YSL is not embraced in the collection. It could be zara or any other mass market brand. I’m extremely disappointed and disilluded.

    • julia

      March 5, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Anne-Sophie, I can totally agree to your impressions I really tried to see the “line” behind it. But I do not see so much. It looks like it’s all made for Girls going out to party. That’s superfine. But it’s easy to do this style with a lot of other brands like you mentioned. Very sad, indeed.

    • Sevan

      March 5, 2013 at 8:40 am

      So am I !

    • Dina Louise

      March 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      My feelings exactly… And I’m an American

  13. Mr Essentialist

    March 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    This is interesting – there is an uptown goth vibe happening which I’m into. Very cool.

  14. Anna

    March 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I love the sparkly tights from this collection, beuatiful clothing!

  15. carol

    March 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

  16. Juliette Laura

    March 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    A slightly more grungy rather than preppy look they usually do, not complaining though! Very nice, I can see myself wearing a lot of the pieces.

    Juliette Laura

  17. Des

    March 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    His clothes are always well-executed but he just doesn’t seem to bring anything new and exciting to the game. His stuff is a little too familiar for comfort…

  18. aninalu

    March 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Isn’t this more sbout styling than design? I feel like I would feel more inspired if this was in a magazine, than on a runway. You know what I mean?

    • HM

      March 4, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      100% agreed with you. This is not YSL at all.

  19. b.

    March 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    not a conversation, really – just one word, really: awful.

    • Kelly

      March 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Agreed. Its absolutely awful.

  20. Bianca

    March 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I didn’t believed my eyes…what a horrible collection!!

  21. Nico

    March 4, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  22. Jennifer

    March 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Love the plaid jacket

    xo Jennifer

  23. jmred

    March 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    What the fuck is this? Monsieur Saint Laurent would turn in his grave….
    Knowing that fashion should be about forward thinking and innovation….;where does this fit in? Any young girl with a thriftstore budget and some imagination could look better.
    Disappointingly poor!

  24. Gabrielle

    March 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I would have never guessed, that this is SL…. where did Yves go?

    • jason

      March 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      the brand is now SLP, “St Laurent Paris.”

      • RJT

        March 5, 2013 at 12:03 am

        Are you sure this isn’t Saint Laurent H & M ? !

      • Wayde

        March 5, 2013 at 12:31 am

        Clearly distancing the brand from its founder…. and you can see why!!!

      • Gabrielle

        March 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

        I know about that, I meant it as a metaphor ;-)

  25. Annie

    March 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Plain awful. Over sized flannelettes worn over floral mini dresses with peter pan collars paired with glittery tights & military boots?? This is not YSL it’s Topshop! So disappointed. I really expected him to turn things around after the disappointment of his debut collection. What was the vibe in the audience after the show? I’m looking forward to Cathy’s review xx

    • bridget yorke

      March 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Please lets not insult TOP SHOP, its way nicer, this is just weak, boring and untrendy, its sad!!

  26. axeaboutme

    March 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    love the tights. they look familiar.

  27. Anne

    March 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Terrible…makes me upset. This is not the way to respect the Yves Saint Laurent legacy…;(


  28. Nomadic D.

    March 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I for one loved this show. Cool 90′s grunge that still feels fresh and current. Totally feeling it.

    • Daniel

      March 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      “fresh and current” …Yes, if you live in a farm in middle Alabama, preaching love and playing guitar all day long. Otherwise it is utterly anachronic.

  29. Jenny

    March 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    My first thoughts: looks immature and inexpensive. Almost like… grunge came back and I am not ready for it. Sorry guys. I do understand the mixing of hard and soft, girly and guyish, but it just does not work here. I’d like to know everyone else’s thoughts.

  30. Sydney Francisco

    March 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Lovely Runway and collections!


  31. S.P.

    March 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    big surprise…

  32. Alice

    March 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    The collection is grungy, cool and very very youthful… But that is NOT what YSL (saint laurent whatever) stands for! YSL was the one who put us in suits but made us still feel feminine and powerful. Slimane wants to put us in a c-through slip and make us go to a rave party

  33. Rachel

    March 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    So much fur this season! I think almost every single show has had a least one piece.

  34. jenny

    March 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm


  35. VV

    March 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I love the street reference, but this collection does nothing for street fashion. It’s capturing a moment, not pushing it forward or transforming it. Uninspiring.

    • Mary

      March 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      I agree! You have put it perfectly “capturing a moment, not pushing it forward or transforming it.”

  36. K. Johnson

    March 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Grey Gardens meets Seattle 90′s.

  37. SueM

    March 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Oh so disappointing.
    The bar was very high after Givenchy, Kenzo, Sacai, I could go on and on really, but “fripperies” as Beatrice said describes perfectly the lack of soul and creativity that schlumped down that runway. Tant pis.

    • SueM

      March 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Rachel Zoe can rest easy, Slimane is not going to overtake her this time

  38. Rachel

    March 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I am actually obsessed with the new Saint Laurent -the looks are young, fresh, & relate extremely well to current street style. These tights are to die for -a definite must have next fall!

    • bridget yorke

      March 5, 2013 at 11:51 am

      I dont know where you live but here in Paris no one has been dressing like this since Mark jacobs did his grunge take in the early 90 s I believe it was, the look is old and very very tired , people are liking the tights!! How sad is that? I mean the only thing to like in a YSL show are the tights????

  39. Melony

    March 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Terrible, unsophisticated, nasty. Who wants to pay thousands to look like a suburban teenager?

    • ABF

      March 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Nasty is the word…..looks like an episode of Girls… wrong and misogynist on so many levels…..

  40. Herrbergquist

    March 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Yet another grunge revival!

  41. Jelena

    March 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I don’t know if it’s just me or has LA taken a toll on Mr Slimane’s aesthetic? This does not look or feel anything like YSL.

  42. beckyblueyes

    March 4, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Wow. I had to look twice to make sure this was YSL! Dotto on what others have said here. Looks like Roony Mara does Seattle grunge. I love the boots, but they are not a new idea, nothing here is a new idea. It’s “shopped” around from TopShop dresses, surf shop pendleton plaids and lingerie and stockings from Fredericks. The only newish piece I see is the fur cape/coat. I can get way better, more interesting and inspiring combos from The Sartorialist. Thanks for sharing Scott. This makes you look even better! :)

  43. Natalie L.

    March 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Seems a little forced. I love the 90′s grunge revival/inspiration whatever.
    but i have to agree… this is not YSL… :(

  44. ABF

    March 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Simply awful…..agree with others that it looks cheap….YSL was about making women look beautiful….it was romantic and aspirational with an edge…..this collection is all about edge only…is it really too much to ask that women not have to look like sluts? Hedi needs to move out of LA ….YSL is not about the cheap LA slutty look…..

  45. meet me on the sunny road

    March 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I’m afraid I’m not really into this either. But I do really like the fact that we’re seeing more and more flat shoes on the runway!

  46. Zeynep

    March 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I think Yves Saint Laurent is crying in his grave right now :( I would expect more from Hedi Slimane, this collection is just pure disappointment.

  47. Ruth

    March 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Hmm…. while, as a younger person I’d definitely wear a lot of it (especially that outfit with the light blue asymmetric dress in the first shot…absolutely beautiful), I’m not quite sure what connection it has to the older YSL shows. This could be a good or a bad thing, but with YSL being such an established brand, perhaps staying truer to its roots might have been a better choice?

    I’d have to agree with a few people previously who’ve said it looks very high-street/topshop/zara, and that’s not necessarily what you’d like your high-end fashion to look like. If it looks like I could have cobbled it together from the high-street, you’re unlikely to want to shell out thousands of dollars for it.

  48. Danielle

    March 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    seriously awful. every literal american style for cheap and more than double the price of anna sui. why does this need to be at ysl or at forever 21 for that matter?

  49. Benjamin

    March 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    So very, very disappointing. These look like Courtney Love castoffs and are not befitting of the SL name. I don’t expect him to pay homage to YSL and only do the same silhouettes, same fabrications, etc., but I do expect that a certain level of taste and quality be upheld and this collection certainly does not measure up.

  50. do

    March 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    very London

    • CH

      March 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      seriously? which part of London you are talking about?

      • Subject_Eye

        March 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        This evokes nothing that says London! Or Paris either. Or style. It is not a nod to what has come before, it is a profane showing that lacks imagination or intelligence. As someone who has seen YSL presentations in Paris, I’m thankful I missed this one.

  51. Eric

    March 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Monsieur St Laurent must be spinning in his grave ! Not clever,not new and not Saint Laurent ,Yves or otherwise. On a positive note, it would walk out of Top Shop

  52. Patricia

    March 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I think you either love it or hate it but its definitely extreme poles we are talking about it. Whilst his previous season was all about the suit and cut, this season seams to be all about the dress and flowiness, not a trouser in sight (at least in the photos I have seen so far).
    I get a feeling of a story and a message through this collection which definitely feels young for YSL but for some reason deep inside you just know that women all ages will covet the pieces…

  53. Tat

    March 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Ahhhh, na-ah! This is so sad. I don’t know what else to say. Perhaps it is the plaid shirts that are throwing me off.

    Either way, my gut reaction was ugh!

  54. bey

    March 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    St. Laurent Grunge is an oxymoron.

    • Constanze

      March 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      totally!!! & a fashion catachresis…or simply a joke.

  55. Goldie

    March 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Am a little confused; what part of this collection captures the (Y)SL aesthetic?

  56. Constanze

    March 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Funny! I wore the exact same outfit last week for a fashion party.
    Glittery tights, biker boots & a short dress.

    BUT: It was laundry day, I didn’t have something more tasteful to wear and the whole outfit was Zara, H&M and about 400 €….

    • RJT

      March 5, 2013 at 12:01 am

      perfectly put !!!! AND TRUE

      • Constanze

        March 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        Haha thanks, very true :-)

        guess the real ̶y̶sl collection was in the dryer, too.

  57. Nansosi

    March 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    St. Laurent? Really?!! He must be rolling over in his… Unimaginative collection under any label name.

  58. @lcillustration

    March 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I’m not a fan. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty cool and I have no doubt that the craftsmanship and fabrics are on another level but I look to high fashion for something new and unique. Or at least a fresh spin on something taken from the past. Not only is this too literal but its a look that’s achievable with very little difference on the high street. So disappointed.

  59. sarah

    March 4, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Hot mess.

    • Daniel

      March 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      mess… YES…. hot, definitely NOT.

  60. KG

    March 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Eh. Dowdy. Very underwhelming.

  61. Isabelle

    March 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    To me, YSL has as always been an epitome of French casual elegance (élégance nonchalante).

    I can’t really find it in this collection.

  62. mark

    March 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    These pictures are the fashion equivalent of a bad car crash, I know I should not be looking at the aftermath, but not only can I help looking on, i’m starting to get some kind of sick thrill from it. .

  63. Lira

    March 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I greeted this collection with derision and disbelief.

  64. Luca

    March 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Where is Stefano Pilati?i pray for his return!!

  65. tray

    March 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I’m so confused. Am I looking at topshop or H&M?

  66. KRH

    March 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    WHY?! (it’s the only thing I could come up with)

  67. Good Style Hunter

    March 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I thought it was more Marc Marc Jacobs by Marc Jacobs for Anthropoligie rather than Saint Laurant. Wow, somehow a collection was created and many people looked at it and thought ” wow, this is great”??? How does that happen??? A Saint Laurant client wants to look like Courtney Love from her days in Hole – really???

    • Miami

      March 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      But of course!

  68. Anastasia

    March 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    After all, I’m glad they decided to remove “Yves” from the name of the brand. Because this collection clearly has nothing to do with YVES Saint Laurent… Some things look fun, but oh c’mon!.. I think it’s sad when tights are the highlight of the show…

  69. Ellen

    March 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Have we not seen enough 90′s grunge, I agree with the earlier comments looks very high street. Not inspiring at all.

  70. Rosie B

    March 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    It appears very contemporary London grunge and wearable. This is one of the more accessible shows, the mesh & see through dresses will be interesting to follow in the future.

  71. dc

    March 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    how disrespectful to ysl

    • Heather in Arles

      March 5, 2013 at 4:16 am

      Perfectly said.

      My first thought was, “Wait, you’re kidding me? Right?”

      Hedi’s ego is ruining this house.

  72. joan

    March 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    terrible, terrible, terrible. these are urban outiftters looks from the 90′s

  73. Rey

    March 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Wow! I am speechless. I am shock, really. I was a teenager when Marc Jacobs sent grunge down the runway at the Perry Ellis show and I didn’t get the “fuss.” I am older now and seeing this in a Saint Laurent show makes me curious about the “fuss” that’s about to happen. Who is the new Saint Laurent customer? Would Yves design this if he was younger and living in this time?

  74. Carole

    March 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I am not a fan! Mr. Saint Laurent must be rolling in his grave. I think it’s a horrible collection! By comparison, I think what is happening at Dior is masterful!

  75. Mike

    March 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Very depressing…I was there for Le Grunge and I can say it was a thankfully brief era of unambitious youth, somber music, and hard drugs. Who needs the reminiscence? YSL could be amusing and pretty lively at times. Not one designer who has tried their hand at YSL since his departure has ever gotten that. Does anyone need clothes like these?

  76. rena

    March 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    understand the “IT” appeal, but i think Hedi can do better than this.

  77. RKinney

    March 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I don’t like it and I’m not going to apologize for not liking it. SL used to be the epitome of all things fine fashion, and this is definitely NOT it. If I can put this look together from clothing I can buy at Wal-Mart for under $100 (you can, I checked) then it doesn’t belong on an SL runway. The models look like they need a meal, a shower and quite possibly a tetanus shot. As with many fads, grunge should be left to the ’90s and hopefully be forgotten. YSL is rolling in his grave right now.

  78. Dottie

    March 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Sorry, but not the least bit attractive in any sense.

  79. Tania

    March 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    This is hideous. Yves himself must be rolling in his grave as we speak. He is making a mockery of one of the most innovative and venerated fashion houses. I am appalled.

  80. kp

    March 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    My first reaction: disbelief.

    I agree with the majority of comments, it is not elevated or befitting of Yves Saint Laurent. Grunge done in a very literal way. Sadly, it looks cheap.

    The way “grunge” was referenced by Dries Van Noten last season made me dream, swoon and covet every piece, it was exquisite, tasteful, elegant- and it felt new as well as cool.

    I hope that in person the fabrics and workmanship of this collection are out of this world, as this second Slimane attempt is a huge, huge disappointment.

  81. Ernesto Dávila

    March 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    UGLYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! Collection, I mean we are talking about a fashion designer who revolutionized the mens wardrobe and aesthetic more than a decade ago, thats was the main reason Karl Lagerfeld lost weight and He (Hedi) present a “street walker” collection. Is CHEAP AND NOTHING AT ALL RELATIVE TO A YVES SAINT LAURENT WOMAN.

  82. Topol

    March 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Where is the striking elegance and simplicity of the YSL style?

    A plaid flannel shirt over see-thru nighties … ugh! A fur coat over panties. Is there a design somewhere, or are these truly the Emperor’s new clothes?

  83. bd

    March 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    very bard college

    • Danielle

      March 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      this is the best comment so far.

  84. annemarie

    March 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I’m a big fan of vintage YSL, and I totally disapprove of the stuff that Hedi Slimane has been doing under the name of Saint Laurent (and how egotistical is that– changing the name?).

    There is no design in his collections. No ideas. No magic. I’m not a fashion person, but I love clothes and I know enough to know that.

    The End.

  85. christopher

    March 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I love it.. you are laughing at fashion right now. Right ? I hope . You will be able to buy these looks at Walmart and Hot Topics, or anywhere cheap. Sorry Saint Laurent. Something went wrong when you lost the “Yves”.. Seriously wrong… and now Balenciaga… Has Paris lost its magic?

  86. Sara

    March 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Are you kidding me – what is this, Top Shop Unique? If this is YSL then poor Yves is turning in his grave.
    A masterclass in how to turn a respectable, old world luxury brand that has taken a lifetime to build into nothing in five seconds flat.
    How utterly disappointing.

  87. Jane

    March 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    It looks sloppy to me, definitely not the usual YSL. Aside from that, I do like the tights!

  88. Anna Z.

    March 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    This is St Laurent? I don’t expect Hedi to be a slave to history but please, give us some clothes worthy of the name!

  89. Shai

    March 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I feel that this collection is very youth at the moment (reimagining a kind of dirty 90′s grunge) but thats part of the problem, it seems to be expressing something that is already passed its peak.(brands like urban outfitters and american apparel have a similar mood)

    Its almost like hes showing people what they already wear rather than what they will be wearing. I’m not sure if that was Slimane’s intention, but it doesn’t feel that way, its just not clever enough. It seems as if he is jumping on the end of a trend rather than initiating a new mood.

    • Sascha

      March 5, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Well put. I totally second this. There is no harm in being radical, and creative. But this is neither. It’s repetitive and boring, and the only element of shock is that Slimane dares to put it on the YSL runway. Big deal. Sack him and get someone worthy of the job in place.

      • Wayde

        March 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        Replace him with John Galliano! I beleive John is on the mend and is working with Oscar de la Renta at the moment. As soon as he has found his legs again… Welcome him to YSL!

  90. Libby

    March 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I live in a country town in Australia. The young girls around town dress like this, seriously. I really don’t get this collection and I don’t think it is in the essence of Monsieur Saint Laurent. It is pretentious to call this cheap and nasty look fashion. It’s just plain depressing.

  91. SK

    March 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    It feels very youth at the moment ( reinventing a kind of dirty 90′s grunge) but i think that is part of why it doesnt work. the collection seems to be expressing something that is already passing its freshness, (mainstream brands like american apparel and urban outfitters have a similar mood) rather than expressing an under current cultural shift that is yet to be understood.

    I’m not sure if that was Slimane’s intention, but somehow the collection seems to be at the tailend of an overated trend rather than the forefront of something genuinely exciting!

    That i think was part of the YSL brand appeal, it was youth, it was not trying to imitate it!

  92. Grad Girl

    March 4, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Courtney love called. She wants her look back.
    Beautiful shots, but the fashion is cheap and outdated.

  93. Sk

    March 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    It feels very youth at the moment ( reinventing a kind of dirty 90′s grunge) but i think that is part of why it doesnt work. the collection seems to be expressing something that is already passing its freshness, (mainstream brands like american apparel and urban outfitters have a similar mood) rather than expressing an under current cultural shift that is yet to be understood. It’s like showing us an image of something we have already seen that was a copy of an image to begin with…

    I’m not sure if that was Slimane’s intention, but somehow the collection seems to be at the tailend of an overated trend rather than the forefront of something genuinely exciting!

    That i think was part of the YSL brand appeal, it was youth, it was not trying to imitate it!

  94. Mia

    March 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    beautiful, cool clothes but those girls are so unhealthy looking, tired of the same type of girl being represented at fashions shows, how cool would it be to see all types of women represented…

  95. Bisous Natasha

    March 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    No , sorry, some of these looks are not worthy of the Saint Laurent label. I am rather dissaspointed.

  96. dc

    March 4, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    terrible horrible disrespectful of the house!!!

  97. divya

    March 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Yves Saint Laurent is turning in his grave. This collection lacks finesse and edge. It will take Francois Henri Pinault 4-5 collections to realize his blunder (if he hasn’t already).Even Hayek was reticent in her praise for Hedi Silmane.

    • Jay

      March 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

      The blunder will be loud and clear when it doesn’t sell. It’s all about numbers.

  98. Divya

    March 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Ok maybe I was a bit harsh. There are some beautiful pieces in the collection but overall it was disappointing. YSL conjures the word “impeccable chic” and yet there is something so clearly lacking. It is sort of clear that there is no synergy between Slimane’s vision and the house he represents.

  99. une chatte grise

    March 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Ok, I’ll admit it, I like the blue dress under the plaid shirt-jacket with the sparkly tights.
    *ducks to avoid furious comments*
    But the rest… as others have said, it looks like an attempt to redo Marc Jacobs’ grunge work. And while much of early grunge looked pretty cool *ducks again*, this just looks… tacky, frankly.

  100. yvonnelw

    March 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    he’s def turning the brand into something else

  101. monalisa

    March 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Awful. Cheap-looking. Not worthy of the name Saint Laurent.

  102. Love cake

    March 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    This collection is going to be a smash with the ladies that spend money on clothes,because is young looking,and that the lady that spend money on clothes,the young.

  103. RJT

    March 4, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    OMG what an awful depressing show – depressing because we all so so well what HS is capable of !
    We have seen all of this before – HELLO MARC JACOBS FOR PERRY ELLIS
    Not shocking, not youth-quaking, just lazy, unimaginative and OLD
    Go back to the drawing board and please sit down with your extreme talent and channel a different riff on whats happening today ! There is so much more than re-tread LA rock n
    roll scenes who’s looks can be found at every H & M and Top Shop in the world.
    This is Saint Laurent !! Do this house justice, in your own way, yes, but do something really truly creative and groundbreaking in the SL DNA
    Being a grown up is not that bad for god’s sake

  104. JA

    March 5, 2013 at 12:33 am

    No pleasure in these clothes – even the models look unhappy.

  105. Suzanne Nelson

    March 5, 2013 at 12:34 am

    This is the best reason I’ve seen so far as to why, after a designer has retired (or died), to give his house a new name.
    It brings into question the whole meaning of “brand” and “branding”.

  106. Jenny

    March 5, 2013 at 12:39 am

    This is Hot Topic and Forever 21. California grunge is a fancy term to cover up a lack of creativity. This is street-to-runway with any imagination or elevation. Sure, everyone’s courting the young crowd today. Bailey, Jacobs, Dundas and Philo have all done great work to make an old brand young and fresh again. But this is epic fail, like hiring James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host the Oscars. I’m totally on Team Horyn!

    • Jenny

      March 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Oops … I meant to say “street-to-runway” withOUT any imagination or elevation.”

    • RJT

      March 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

      YES – TEAM HORYN !!

      now there’s an example of major talent

  107. N

    March 5, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Seriously? There’s nothing new about this collection. They suppose to moving forward not going backward… It looks like a bunch of street style pix not for catwalk.

  108. S

    March 5, 2013 at 12:46 am

    You can buy them in urban outfitters

  109. Mensusa

    March 5, 2013 at 12:52 am

    This is the real fashion.. lovely..

  110. jicky

    March 5, 2013 at 12:55 am

    it’s just “what the fuck” …was Hedi Slimane thinking about?? and where is YSL??? it just looks like H&M… (except for the shoes / boots, that seem a bit interesting…)

  111. Marguerite/@chicspace

    March 5, 2013 at 1:05 am

    One thought: Why SL, why?

    Not a fan, but I would guess that anyone wearing this on the street would get a lot of attention and likely end up in street-style shots. I could see many models wearing this post show.

  112. Denisa

    March 5, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I really like it. So nice..

  113. Jay

    March 5, 2013 at 1:28 am

    The Florida sinkhole has slithered its way to Paris and the House that Yves built. Shame on Hedi. Ready, aim, FIRED!
    Pierre must be crying now.

    • CCCC

      March 6, 2013 at 1:12 am

      omg hahaha the sinkhole

  114. Esteban

    March 5, 2013 at 1:30 am

    I kind of like it…but when I think in Saint Laurent, grunge isn’t what I picture in my head

  115. irene

    March 5, 2013 at 1:44 am

    great shoes!


  116. emt

    March 5, 2013 at 1:51 am


  117. Jess

    March 5, 2013 at 2:01 am

    This collection is so hot! Among these dresses, I prefer the third one for it looks perfect for everyday wear. Love the print as well and looks classy too.

    • Wayde

      March 5, 2013 at 6:17 am

      In what world do you live where this collection is considered “Hot”, “Perfect” or “Classy”. I can easily think of three other words that sum it up in a more precise way and they would be “Tacky”, “Cheap” and “Nasty”! It is only now that I think Pierre Berge regrets letting Stefano Pilati go and hiring an extremely clueless and deluded designer who insisted on re-branding a heritage Parisienne fashion house. Where is the respect? This collection is an absolute abortion and looks like something sold out of a cheap and desperate high-street store.
      Scott; as you attended the show and obviously spoke to other audience members… were they as shocked and appalled as the readers of this blog???

      • Jay

        March 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

        Wayde, I couldn’t agree more. This is an atrocity; a direct slap in the face to the House. There is absolutely NO reference to Yves’s sensibilities. I’ll bet Pilati is looking pretty good right now. Hell, anyone would have done less damage to the House. Insulting. I can only imagine what the audience was feeling. I’d like to see some of the ‘important’ reviews, hoping they will trash this monstrosity of a collection. But, sigh, they are only interested in advertising. Power to the people!

  118. Freya - Fashionable People

    March 5, 2013 at 2:07 am

    There is definitely a much younger vibe to this collection, such as the embellished tights, but i miss the more structured looks!

  119. Lauren of adorn la femme

    March 5, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Even the model looks disappointed.

    -Lauren at adorn la femme

  120. Hannes

    March 5, 2013 at 2:11 am

    One must come to terms with with the fact that the change from YSL to SL wasn’t only a change in name.
    The collection is clearly lacking Slimane’s subtle finesse, it looks very ordinary.
    Pilati understood well how to interprete YSL for today

  121. India

    March 5, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Not sure exactly what is trying to be achieved…… are they going for the younger Miley Cyrus audience? If so then high fives. it certainly doesn’t look expensive or well made or based on quality materials, which are things YSL had become known for.
    Real shame and a bit of a missed opportunity really.

    he he UO – cracks me up – still trying to work out the Australian equivalent …..

  122. RikaConfesses

    March 5, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I’m surprised most of the comments are so negative. Although maybe I shouldn’t be, because I’ve been looking at most runway collections the past couple years and saying “bleh”.
    I like it in general, and its one of the few collections that have even inspired me to go beyond a second glance. I couldn’t care less if it “isn’t (Y)SL”, my selfish desire to see something that is more my style prevails. And honestly I don’t care if it looks a bit high street/commercially accessible – I tire of attempts at revolutionary on the runway. I love the boots, and I love flannel, and I like that they are grunging up more feminine items that I usually wouldn’t wear, but can imagine myself wearing in this way.

  123. Katja Golob Santic

    March 5, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Uaaauuu, no heels, cool :)

  124. Marianne

    March 5, 2013 at 2:42 am

    I feel that Hedi is playing with us, I don’t think he is a stupid guy. To me this collection in many ways show what we actually see on young girls in the streets today, working in Urban Outfitters or not. All though I love what is happening at e.g. Dior right now, I think it might be a bold move for Slimane to step away from the fantasy of almost unachievable elegance, which though often is what we love about fashion, and make something very high street looking, a kind of mirror of what a lot of young women actually wear. Will be interesting to know the price range of those garments.

    • Energie

      March 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Absolutely spot on. I love Hedi, and I completely get the aesthetic, but if he charges $3000 for a denim skirt, then we may have a problem.

    • CCCC

      March 6, 2013 at 1:14 am

      what’s the point of mirroring how people are already dressing, with overpriced versions of clothes? no-one will buy, and it’s uninspiring, done/old, boring

  125. ABF

    March 5, 2013 at 3:06 am

    YSL was about the City of Lights, glamour and champagne……this collection is about Sunset Boulevard, trash and crystal meth……nasty……

  126. Charlotte

    March 5, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Love those sparkling tights!

  127. Teresa Morone

    March 5, 2013 at 3:39 am

  128. paola

    March 5, 2013 at 4:04 am

    just ridiculous

  129. NorweJohn

    March 5, 2013 at 4:14 am

    WHY S L

  130. leila

    March 5, 2013 at 4:22 am

    C’est triste ce qu’il est entrain de faire de YSL ! triste !

  131. Eva

    March 5, 2013 at 4:32 am

    I want to cry, for the most important French Maisons, how put fhe High Fashion on the Top of the world!!!. SL,CD,Ricci,Balmain Balengiaga,Givenchy ecc…are DEAD. No more glamour, no more dreams, no more art,no more amazing fashion shows, the most important revolution about fashion is lost… Fashion is visual art!!!.
    I want to be positive …. i am sure that John Galliano HEAL himself and APOLOGIZE his terrible and insultingly attitude to be back as the last “savior” of Couture and RTW.
    Heidi can do better than this unsightly collection for SL.

  132. Feli

    March 5, 2013 at 4:35 am

    That’ s fashion for some It-girls but not for the St.laurent-woman, I mean woman – not girl.
    Hedi should take his beautiful photos, but stop working for Saint Laurent!!

  133. Feli

    March 5, 2013 at 4:47 am

    This is fashion for the few It-girls but not for a Saint Laurent WOMAN!
    Who should wear this? The girlies cannot buy this!
    Hedi should go back to take his beautiful Rock pictures .. but not destroy the label Saint Laurent!

  134. lia

    March 5, 2013 at 5:21 am

    saint laurent? looks more like a cheap mass market mess to me..

  135. Nika

    March 5, 2013 at 5:40 am

    A failed attempt at ‘standing out’; this looks like what my little sister used to draw in her Bratz design-your-own-clothes-on-this-poorly-drawn-barbiedoll.

  136. Lilly

    March 5, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I am very disappointed but also I find it very disrespectful to the YSL legacy!
    I feel that Heidi Slimane did something that only himself would like without taking into consideration the YSL legacy. Awful and egocentrical. Really hope this is his last collection.

  137. Desirée Choo

    March 5, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Loved everything about it! The ruffle dress, the tights….

  138. Herrbergquist

    March 5, 2013 at 5:49 am

    You can hear the soundtrack of early 90`s Seattle by the look of it.. FIERCE!

  139. Silvia

    March 5, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Oh… no, no, NO!!!!!!!!!

  140. MarĂ­a D. Valderrama

    March 5, 2013 at 6:10 am

    The collection is quite good, I’ve always liked the collections where rock music is the main source of inspiration but I’m pretty sure that this is not exactly the YSL’s legacy. The brand has changed so much in one year, the inspirations are so different and there’s really no ties with the roots of the maison neither Yves Saint Laurent’s creations.

    I’m not sure that this is the way that the new Saint Laurent has to take looking forward the next seasons. It is completely a new way, new customers, etc.


  141. Marianne

    March 5, 2013 at 6:17 am

    It simply doesn’t make me dream. It doesn’t build desire, inspiration and is both far from new and the brand’s sophistication. It represents a girl now, rather than a woman and a look I can have for 10 euros.

  142. Yiming Woo

    March 5, 2013 at 6:19 am

    It makes me think, as much as designers always say, the woman should wear the clothes, and not the other way round, the clothes themselves should inject some sort of personality into the woman.
    Take Marni, Prada, Dries van Noten.
    This, to me, feels so haphazard, confused, yet so bland at the same time, I can’t decide if it gives too much personality, or too little, too “high street”, as some have said.

  143. olafgermany

    March 5, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I agree with the most people here. This is really a cheap, unhappy and awful collection where the style and attitude of the YSL universe is absent. All these looks you can buy at the end of the street.

    If you look back into the Saint Laurent history, he once shocked the clients in the sixties with his “street style” collections. And so did Slimane now. But unfortunately times have changed and here is nothing “new” to it, when Yves did it.

    I really wonder, that PPR was so sure and had invested so much money the renew the brand. You have to sell a lot of stuff to get the money back. I pray, 80 % of Stefano Pilati’s clients will not be amused. I’m curious to know, what Pierre BergĂ©, Francois Pinault and Catherine Deneuve say about this collection.

    Remember Yves words: “La mode passe, le style est Ă©ternel.”

  144. Ceardha

    March 5, 2013 at 6:34 am


    The “Walk of Shame” Collection? It looks like a bunch of girls clattering home in borrowed coats after a crazy night out. And the 18 year old in me loves that. In fact the 37 year old me likes it too. It’s fun. I’ll muse the assault on the YSL legacy another day.

  145. Costina

    March 5, 2013 at 6:36 am

    for me it’s sad… there is no hint of Monsieur Saint Laurent in any of this. and grunge in high fashion has been done and done again.
    there is no finesse, no femininity, no innovation. Hedi can do a cool leather jacket, but I miss the Yves Saint Laurent in Saint Laurent.
    I wished he had kept the legacy, while infusing his own character and making it modern. a mix. like Simons did at Dior. That was superb to say the least.
    this is just disappointing….

  146. Lou

    March 5, 2013 at 6:44 am

    C’est quoi ces horreurs?!

  147. Nada

    March 5, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Nice collection but not for SL. He butchered the brand.

  148. Lydia

    March 5, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Sorry, but not feeling this collection. A little disappointed.

  149. julien

    March 5, 2013 at 7:28 am

    It’s interesting to see that the public is in a large majority unhappy with this collection while articles in the press do not express such discontent. Probably because they fear to be banned.. Slimane has created a collection that mirrors the streets and does not try to make people dream about glamour, chic cocktail dresses etc. But people disapprove Slimane’s move. They want to dream, they want to see clothes they will neither buy nor wear. People need fashion like they need art: it reminds them of the world’s beauty and helps them transcend reality. Artists and designers are supposed to elevate us, inspire us. But I guess it’s easier to make money selling black glittery clothes (cf. pre-collection) than turning our whole world upside down, like Yves Saint Laurent did when he introduced the smoking for women for example.

  150. jicky

    March 5, 2013 at 7:29 am

    it’s seems designed for Lou Doillon (for example) but that’s all… This is not for a St Laurent woman, it’s sure.

  151. Mike

    March 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Actually, looking at the clothes again, a lot of the effects are caused by styling. Divest the baby blue chiffon gown of the combat boots and plaid jacket and you have a ravishing little dress. Get rid of the red plaid shirt and you have (after you add a lining) a red-carpet worthy gown. The road-kill cape has to go, however.

  152. CBC

    March 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

    i loved the fall collection…wow this is St Laurent i don’t think so..Heidi Slimane inspiration is a “singer” and her inspiration appears to be Courtney Love….chew up and spit out…this show is not worthy of the house of St Laurent

  153. CBC

    March 5, 2013 at 7:43 am

    In France they are screaming Scandal

  154. nadja

    March 5, 2013 at 7:50 am

    somebody was high?

  155. EDONYC

    March 5, 2013 at 8:32 am

    hideous! Hedi is no longer relevant….Anna Sui did it better 20 years ago… Want to see what’s new and “modern” in fashion??? Givenchy. Balenciaga. Galliano. Period.

  156. debbie

    March 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Good God!!!! And not in a good way.

  157. Oz

    March 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I feel that dropping the Yves was entirely appropriate, after seeing this collection, which is lacking the class and elegance of YSL. A true designer creates trends. It seems that Hedi is trying to imitate and follow the younger audiences, from prominently featuring tattoos and piercings in his ad campaigns to recreating high-street looks already worn by the target age group. Or is it possible that he doesnt even care? Ok, their revenues increased since 12 months ago but this was primarily from people panic buying Pilati’s designs, which the company continues to bring out after numerous communications about them being discontinued.
    P.S. The dancer stockings can be found here:

  158. C.D.

    March 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

    A lot of commenters here bumming out on the grunge revival look on display at SLP…I concur!

    But it didn’t have to be this way – remember Dries Van Noten’s wonderful grungy Spring ’13 collection? It was playful and beautiful, wearable, nostalgic, yes, but not stuck there!

    Everything that this was not!

    M. Slimane seems to design for SLP (YSL to the “I’m calling it Shea Stadium” crowd) with some sort of chip on his shoulder…NOT a good look!

    Too bad…..

  159. G

    March 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

    My thoughts while looking at this collection: wow he really wants to get fired! I don’t think the collection is young, but is certainly trashy and dated. I for one is really disappointed to see what Slimane is putting out there. I must say I was looking forward to see what he does at YSL but now I think he should leave it to a better and more talented designer interested a bit more in the house and its legacy than himself only…..

  160. anya

    March 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

    looks like a cheap cocaine-chic inspired collection… I feel like all the elegance and class was lost with the Y of YSL.

  161. Nina

    March 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I think this will sell like candy!!!! The big issue here I feel, is that this collection is way too American… No Paris chic here….I can see the young Hollywood and all the rock/pop starts wearing this!!! I’m sure the shoes will sell out, and it will be one of the most copied collections ( by Zara, etc…)
    The truth is that you can’t hint SL in there…

  162. MD

    March 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I’m 27. This is not what my generation wants to look like. Maybe Mr. Slimane wants 15-year-old girls as the new customers of the Saint Laurent brand.

  163. C.D.

    March 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I just figured it out…it’s Dana from Homeland!
    She’s the muse….

  164. Nathalie

    March 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I can’t believe this was designed by the same guy who revolutionized menswear during his tenure at Dior Homme. Slimane’s work used to be all about modernity, but this looks like it was bought at Forever 21 two seasons ago.

  165. Energie

    March 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

    This is the most interesting thing to happen in fashion in ages! When was the last time that you had 200 comments on this blog (with more coming, I’m sure) on a review of a show? That tells you that this show has hit at something. Now you may hate it, but does anyone know how Saint Laurentwas doing financially? Could it be that 8 years of Stefano Pilati’s foregettable collections left the house doing less than wonderfully financially? This stuff will sell like hotcakes. I am not suggesting that the only thing that matters are sales, but I am saying that clothes that are covetable to the young are likely to be a commercial success and that is a good thing for the house. Is fashion not meant to be utilitarian, namely worn?

    • bridget yorke

      March 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      People are commenting because they are horrified, no one in their right minds will buy this, its plain ugly, I never liked boring stefeno, but vulgar and cheap Edi isnt better!

    • Wayde

      March 5, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      The problem here is the price-point. If the collection is aimed at the young and possibly not-yet-employed… it is going to have to be affordable to that type of client as well.

      • Energie

        March 6, 2013 at 4:07 am

        Completely agree with you Wayde. If that denim skirt costs $2000 there may be a problem, because it’s difficult to tell a Saint Laurent denim skirt from a Zara one. @Bridget Yorke, Alexa Chung and a whole bunch of “It-girls” will be all over a lot of this, I think – they already dress like this. I saw Courtney Love tweet raving reviews of the collection at Hedi. And by the way, as trashy as she may be, Courtney Love can probably afford to pay $2000 for a denim skirt (which echoes my earlier point as well, on the importance of sales). Two other mitigating factors for me: 1) watch the show as a video, these pictures are a little deceptive; and 2) linked to that, try separate the items from a styling perspective. Sell like hotcakes, I tell you.

  166. Elizabeth

    March 5, 2013 at 11:05 am

    This is just insulting; the 15 year olds who dress like this already would never dream of paying such prices and the grown women who can afford such clothes would never wear such ugly trash. Quite how this makes sense commercially escapes me. It certainly does not say anything new at all

    • Addy

      March 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      100% agreed!

    • Wayde

      March 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      I would be seriously concerned if a 15 year old dressed this way! It is unsuitable and inappropriate!

  167. julien

    March 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

    maybe the whole point of this collection is just that we talk about it, and in this regard Slimane has succeeded..

    • bridget yorke

      March 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Hahahahah if suceeding is to make ugly trash and get people upset he has done a terrific job! Well done Hedi!!!

  168. Jana H.

    March 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I love bluses and dresses that just look and feel like spring or summer, it’s like having nothing on… really beautiful, and that blue-grey color, one of my favs for every peace of clothing.
    Great designer, wondeful work.

  169. Addy

    March 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Completely rubbish. There’s no problem with the grunge look… it’s just not Saint Laurent… please, Hedi….leave and start your own brand.

  170. Emi Chan

    March 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I had no idea Hot Topic had a fashion show in Paris!!

  171. Ashley

    March 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Sheer lace will always be a fashion trend in my closet. I ‘m loving the look of Saint Laurent for this Fall/Winter. :)

  172. Rebecca

    March 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Has anyone thought about the fact that the ladies who dress like this (and to be honnest tight little leather dresses feel kind of 4 years ago for me) will not even be able to afford the ÂŁ1000 + price tag?

    Also, it’s very incoherent. One second it’s quite girly with bows and and sparkly dresses and then the next sexy black leather?

  173. Alfina

    March 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm


  174. les acheteuses

    March 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Oh, so that`s why they dropped the Yves.
    Any second hand shop looks better than this.

  175. Anila

    March 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Not what I expected from SL. Very disappointing.

  176. Love cake

    March 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    The fashion revolution has commence on March 2013.—-watch and see.

  177. objectlessons

    March 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    In order to take an iconoclastic approach to the legacy of a fashion icon like Yves saint Laurent, one needs to be at eye level. Mr. Slimane is not.
    The result is a collection that is irrelevant for 2013 and highly embarrasing for the house of Saint Laurent.

  178. Designer

    March 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I love the new look for Saint Laurent. It’s dark, edgy, and…well….fabulous!

  179. anon

    March 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I don’t understand why we need a flannel shirt from Saint Laurent? What’s the point? Is that really what THAT brand should communicate? Anyone can do that,

    What everyone cannot do, not without skilled artisanship, is push fashion forward and make exceptionally crafted, unique, luxurious clothes. That, to me, is what is SO insulting about this collection. With no budget, no limits, and the best support staff, we get a highly styled but ultimately derivative and boring series of LA vintage looks. It completely misses the point of RTW at this level. And for that reason, I actually found this collection cowardly and a waste of time.

  180. Karen

    March 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I’m not sure this collection even deserves the debate that will ensue. I was a big fan of Slimane at Dior and I am truly saddened by this abomination of a collection. It’s too literal an interpretation of grunge, there is no design here. It’s styling. Stephani Pilati not having his contract renewed was a big mistake. I was really annoyed with Tim Blanks’ review on too as he sat on the fence. Looks like it’s up to Cathy Horyn again to be honest and say what we are all thinking. It’s a truly sad day for YSL…. truly sad.

  181. Silvia

    March 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm


  182. Izabel

    March 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I couldn’t wait to see the collection of Saint Laurent and then I almost cried watching it. That’s not Saint Laurent at all/anymore… Don’t get me wrong – I don’t mind making changes BUT changing the spirit of the brand is disrespectful. YSL was all about characteristic feminine elegance with male self-confidence. YSL was about nonchalant chic. Where is elegance here? Where is chic? There is nonchalance only but in a bad, cheap taste. From high fashion I expect interesting design and sophisticated tailoring. This isn’t high fashion.

  183. Mike

    March 5, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I am surprised Sart isn’t worried about Slimane backlash…it’s no wonder so many journalists are giving lukewarm reviews…Horyn is not allowed to attend.

    • Wayde

      March 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      WHAT? Are you serious? They have banned Kathy Horyn? This is insane! She is a world-reknowed fashion commentator. Before too long SLP will have empty seats at their shows with collections like this.

      • Mike

        March 6, 2013 at 5:47 am

        Horyn was not invited because she apparently once claimed that Raf Simons invented the skinny silhouette for men, not Slimane. So…Slimane got even.

  184. Angelbeam

    March 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I guess he’s literally trying to get sacked by doing this and last collections.

  185. Mark Hughes

    March 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I am not amused first of all we take the “Yves” out of “saint Laurent” which is akin to having a bacon butty without the bacon and THEN we produce a pathetic mishmash of trashy nonsense that isn’t even new and is certainly NOT big or clever….Why don’t you just dig YSL up and kick him in the head? This is awful. I could watch the video of Guns n Roses singing “Live and Let Die” and meander through the YSL archive and come up with something better than this in half an hour…utterly appalling and not in a SHOCKING way just BAD!

  186. Felyn

    March 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I love the floral prints.Can’t get enough of them.

  187. Donnie Ray Gayfield

    March 6, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Yve’s was no where to be found. I’m appaled!

  188. CCCC

    March 6, 2013 at 1:04 am

    all this talk of grunge and high fashion, grunge and high fashion in the same sentence seems like a contradiction. if anything grunge was anti-fashion. Kurt Cobain was right when he said rock music was becoming nothing but a fashion statement anymore, I can already picture all the lame rich kids in the big cities wearing hundred to thouasand dollar articles of grunge-y type clothes, trying to seem high fashion and careless at the same time. go to the damn cheap ass thrift store!

    also, it’s very telling when an artists is working for the audience and not themselves. either they are not courageous enough, or want easy praise, or both, and it has failed here

  189. Jeremy

    March 6, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Embarrassingly bad.

  190. les acheteuses

    March 6, 2013 at 3:59 am

    So we`re buying Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens, vintage CDG, Alaia as they make you crave, lose control, forget about the no more clothes resolution

  191. Line

    March 6, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Just some clothes for spoiled rich girls pretending to be cool!

    Defenitly nothing to do with Yves Saint Laurent :(

    • sleet

      March 8, 2013 at 10:02 am

      you’re soooo right

  192. Elizabeth

    March 6, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Actually the financials under Stefano Pilati were very good with 2012 +40 vs 2011. It will be interesting to see what ends up in the stores from this mess. I’ve been a consistent buyer but can’t see paying hundreds of pounds for something that looks as though it has come from Urban Outfitters. I wouldn’t mind change (though I do think Stefano was hard done by) if it was genuinely new, but I have been seeing this stuff for years, it is not interesting

  193. Sascha

    March 6, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Ok. So. An interesting thought.

    I hated this collection, see earlier comment, if you care. But really, I thought it was dumb and uninspired.

    But guess what. I thought about it more and more and finally, I think I started to be inspired by it. Not that I like grunge and sparkly tights and tiny dresses. No. It just has something super liberating. Something loosening up, going beyond the “stiffness” of high fashion, the super-duper-always-having-to-be-put-togetherness. So there I find myself throwing on the long knit scarf and checked shirt, and biker. but mixing it with more refined pants.

    Quite puzzling. Because as a collection it has no aesthetic appeal to me. But there is some element of inspiration that it seems to have, which is surprising. It brings out all those strong reactions, and maybe that’s the whole damn point Slimane is making. Mixing it up. Creating chaos. And taking that as the starting point for what’s next. Maybe?

    • ABF

      March 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      An admirable try Sascha but this collection just does not seem to carry on the YSL spirit……YSL was subversive but with a true artistic element….think of his Mondrian dress….or his Russian inspired collections from the 70s….he had modern snd ethnic influences but with a true sense of elegance and beauty….YSL also used ethnic and black models…where was that in this show? YSL would never send a woman out looking like trash or a bag lady….maybe it is in the execution of the runway show. If you see the latest collection in the stores many of the pieces are quite beautiful. But the runway show is meant to tell a story and present the aesthetic. In that sense this show was disappointing especially for those of us like me who still have original YSL pieces in their collections or have seen his house in Marrakesh and his influences and were inspired by YSL’s wonderful and glamorous vision for women…..

    • NorweJohn

      March 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Very well put. I agree.

  194. Eric Lim

    March 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Didn’t like it always in every collection in every brand not only YSL like i see in many collections during F/W show they always present the black. its very boring and i see what this one tried to mix together but that is not the Winter cloth normal human kind can wear during fall and winter it have to fall in the category of the season. If it’s not the winter cloth nor any other season than it is not a cloth!

  195. Nini Piccola

    March 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Horrible. An insult to YVES!!! Looks like the line designed by Madonna’s daughter Lourdes – Material World or something?

  196. Adeola Naomi

    March 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    You know something is wrong with a collection when its biggest fan is Kourtney Love, like really why will any sensible human being buy these when they can get it on a thrift store ?

  197. Christiaan Kidd

    March 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    The major element that is missing for me in this collection is the display of technical excellence that you revere from a house like Saint Laurent or Chanel et al. The individual pieces that shine and indicate that these are the best cutters in the world…the best embroiderers… the display of artisanship that you can get no where else. If Slimane is saying that all of that is old fashioned and not part of the future of YSL, then why would anyone choose to pay $1000 for a ditsy floral dress that she can get from Urban Outfitters for $29? In fact, the girl that would be attracted to this style is not going to be able to afford $1000 for a dress, irrespective. The ‘Grunge’ revival will be able to be replicated very cheaply from a local thrift shop. Give your customer a reason to shop with you – something new – something amazing – something exciting. Today I saw no reason to shop at Saint Laurent, for which I felt a little bit sad.

  198. maria*

    March 6, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Love Slimane taste outside this gig. Aesthetics aside, Hedi is clearly going for a COMPLETE different audience. How did he manage to get that far in market terms, is what seems to be completely ABSURD. I can not picture ANY of his garments on an luxury costumer. Soooo forever 21. Courtney Love is not a fashion ICON even in LA.

  199. Merry

    March 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    The show is following the general trend of darkness, maybe ‘punkness’, for fall and perfectly encapsulates the Cobain style, 90s grunge inspiration that was apparently a huge part of Slimane’s mood. He did what he set out to do.

    With that said, the collection is very different from what Pilati did at Saint Laurent and is definitely shocking an audience used to what he has done during the past years. I am personally not crazy about it, but I look forward to seeing what Slimane will do in the future at Saint Laurent. This is was a bold move on his part.

  200. Maya

    March 8, 2013 at 3:39 am

    It’s really interesting to read everybody’s reaction to this collection. I don’t know what to think about it… It’s not YSL at all (I hate that they took the Y out of YSL btw!!), no doubt about that and at the same time Slimane breaks the YSL code/image, which is interesting but in the end I think the DNA of a Couture house prevails and in this case the DNA has been slaughtered!! I wonder how this reflects on sales, whether they are stable or dropping? I’m a huge accessories gal and…hum…the new YSL accessories are…hum…super boring!!

  201. Sally

    March 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Perhaps Hedi was giving the fashion world a big FU? Last collection utterly derivative. This collective utterly nonsensical. This is not the work of a talented designer no matter what his vision. So what gives Hedi??

  202. Wale

    March 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Shame, doesn’t give the Saint Laurent vibe at all… No innovation either….

  203. Inga Ray

    March 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Hedi performs not like a promising l’enfant terrible, but like a hopeless kid.

    Let’s take either a step back to Stefano, or a step forward to a New designer, but not be stuck in the middle trying to “rebrand” a brand.

  204. Haizat Said

    March 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I think Saint Laurent AW 2013 is one of the best highlight in Paris fashion week recently. While most of the other brands beginning to look pretty much the same with their voluminous shaped jackets or blazers. Hedi Slimane interpretation on posh grunge is unpredictable, definitely separate and underlined SL from the rest of shows. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to unveil what’s underneath those layer of flannel shirts, hidden some luxurious designs. Perfection is overrated and rebel yell! A smart approach to entice the young generation.

  205. Alberto

    March 10, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    We need from the runaways in Paris the creativity and glamour in pieces well executed. This season Saint Laurent not only showed things for young girls but they look affordable clothes people can buy at Zara/H&M/Topshop. That’s exactly what makes us mad. Many of us cannot get items from the big Luxury Brands of Paris Fashion Week but we stay tuned in search for inspiration.

  206. XXL

    March 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    A lot of people comment it’s not YSL or losing the spirit of YSL. That really makes me laugh my ass off.

    What is YSL spirit anyway? There is no such thing about YSL spirit, even once it existed, it’ll be dead long time ago if YSL’s still alive.

    You see Calvin Klein. You see Pierre Cardin. There is no such thing about spirit. It’s all about business, which is called “fashion”.

    As a customer, you only need to care about yourself, caring about if it fits your or if you really like it, not the “brand” itself, although that’s what fashion is. LOL.

    • Le Z

      March 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      And I’m sure you have 500 euros to burn…eh, I mean, to buy this flannel shirt from local Salvation Army, eh I mean Saint Laurent?

  207. Lise

    April 3, 2013 at 7:05 am

    They’ve lost the aesthetics of YSL.

  208. william

    June 8, 2013 at 12:01 am

    It was this palette cleanser if you wish. However, needed. This collection did just that. Thank God.
    Hedi Slimane is genius. This is with keep with the DNA of YSL and making it SL. It was from start to finish a look before and look ahead, NOW 2013. and WE need to welcome newness. The past is over. Loved it . Future looks very bright at SL.

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