Happy Friday! Phew... I made it! The first image really sums up how I feel today. It resembles nothing like my dress today however. It feels like an accomplishment to get to end of week.
I'm having today off work to relax and catch up on all things enjoyable. Part of that involves getting some fashion updates that I hadn't gotten around to yet. Which brings me to the Saint Laurent Resort 2014 collection. So many pieces have caught my eye. It's totally impractical to desire so many of them! I have to say I love the collection. How gorgeous are the shoes and bags! As for the clothing... sharp tailoring with a feminine touch is exactly what I want to be wearing and mixing into my existing wardrobe, regardless of the label. I guess that's not really surprising for a jacket loving freak like myself. But it seems I am one of maybe half of the population, or at least the population that is interested in fashion.
I've read a range of reviews relating to Saint Laurent, from the all hail 'Hedi Slimane' to those that convey utter disdain for the changes he has instituted at the fashion house. Some argue that the excitement is just not there and that he has completely morphed the brand into what he has desired, rather than reinterpreting the history of the legendary house. That he has not integrated his vision with those that have historically gone before him, unlike how Alexander Wang has handled his recently acquired head designer status at Balenciaga. For some, this credibility is a sticking point. For some respect and tribute top all else. In saying that, YSL must have had confidence to appoint Mr Slimane with such a prestigious and influential position in the first place right? For me it is easily identifiable that he has left his own signature on the brand and some of it may not be ground breaking stuff. But they are worthy of being part of an accomplished brand's collection. They are of impeccable quality, tailoring and are not fleeting designs, with a limited life. For the price you pay, maybe classic is better than too much flair. No?
Although I am a fan of the Saint Laurent collections, as I also am of the past YSL collections, I have not received all of the new campaigns quite as well. Last season I was shocked to see rocker Marilyn Manson's face on super zoom with a hint of a perfecto jacket coupled with Courtney Love striking a very druggy pose. Both didn't leave me with illusions of rock royalty, it was more of a a disturbing impression... Thankfully, the more recent campaign efforts (above) are more attuned to my senses.
I'm interested to hear what your thoughts are on the new direction of the powerhouse... the designs, the campaigns and of course the dissolution of the famous insignia with the notable absence of 'Yves'?
For those of you that interested, you can shop an incredible selection of Saint Laurent here and here.