Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk Fashion Show Paris SS2012

October 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Fashion, Paris, womenswear

Hats off for Stefano Pilati, who managed to send out a full summer collection under the circumstances (the rumors about him being replaced by Raf Simons, that is).

And it didn’t even disappoint. Luxurious materials were used for clothes with couture-like volumes. The designs were distinctive, sophisticated and detailed, but never had too much going on.

Above the knee skirts and silk tops were decorated by large ruffles. Gorgeous halter necklines (on tops and dresses) popped up throughout the whole show. A simple idea, worked out perfectly.

Some beautiful busy prints were presented in between the color palette of aqua, blue, teal, white , black and purple. Looks were styled off with hip belts, golden hair accessories and show stopping shoes, which the audience just could not stop talking about.

So is Pilati really leaving YSL? It would be a loss to the brand, today’s show (which he nailed) sure proved that.

Yves St. Laurent Catwalk Fashion Show Paris FW2011

January 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Fashion, Menswear, People

For the YSL:-menswearcollection Stefano Pilati found inspiration at Savile Row and the Mod style so unmistakenly linked to Sixties London and still there. Choosing this theme the designer left the wider pants behind (a fit other fashionbrands are showing this season) and made cigarette-pipe trousers and big shoes the foundation for innovative jackets. Some got a velvet trim, breast pockets, compact lapels and clustered buttons which added a youthful character to the new tailoring.

Turtlenecks or band-collared shirts added color. In a season with a lot of outerwear the coats Pilati showed were rather refreshing because of the trapeze-silhouette and use of fabric.

Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk Fashion Show SS2011

June 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Fashion, Menswear, Paris

Before the YSL show started today, guests got a peek at the latest short film No Way Back. It’s a short documentary about tattoo artist Mark Mahoney. It didn’t have anything to do with the YSL fashion house, but it showed yet another form of art.

Stefano Pilati gave his models a very clean look today. Their hair was tidy, their skin looked good and their eyes were focussed. The clothes also had a clean cut and all the fuss was left behind. What we saw, were well-tailored designs. Those weren’t necessarily very trendy, yet gave the men a sophisticated look.

Pleated pants and fully buttoned blouses were combined with suit jackets. Over those jackets wide bands were placed, around the waist in some looks. In other outfits the male models wore small waist-belts.

Their were multiple shorts, which amazed us at first sight, while they were high-waisted, wide and short. They had small classic prints on them and were worn with sandals.

Overall there were no unnecessary accessories, prints or extra layers. Also, colors were absent; instead Pilati used natural shades like beige, grey, dark brown and black.

Less is more.

Paris Catwalk Fashion Show fw2010: Yves Saint Laurent

January 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Fashion, Featured Items, Menswear, Paris

For his fall/winter collection Yves Saint Laurent decided to make a movie. The brand hired Bruce Weber to produce a short film called Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing. The film, which contained footage of the male YSL models posing and dancing, quickly made it’s way around the web, shortly after it’s release.

Unfortunately in the film Stefano Pilati’s new designs for YSL couldn’t be seen. Therefor he held a show.  He designed perfect trenchcoats with buttons at the back and checked blazers. In several looks he used a scarf as a belt on top of a coat. And some long tunic shirts were visible from under the jackets.

Yet Pilati’s jumpsuits and drop-crotch pants (popular in women’s fashion at the moment) were most impressive. The jumpsuits had a wide rounded neckline and all had a matching belt in the same fabric. The models wore them with T-shirts and jackets.

Gray and black were the main shades in this collection. And although Pilati used some female items, he managed to turn them into real menswear for next winter.

Paris Fashion Week ss2010 Impressions #23

October 6, 2009 by  
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Paris Fashion Week ss2010 Impressions #22

October 6, 2009 by  
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Yves St. Laurent Catwalk Fashion Show ss2010

October 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Fashion, Paris, womenswear

The YSL collection was about  the urge looking for “a natural and honest chic, an aesthetic paradigm of new minimalism”, according to the program-notes.  That means a stark, monochrome pencil-skirted suit and an austere tuxedo. Or a pair of conceptual lederhosen and a romantic, strawberry-scattered dress. The YSL collection of Stefano Pilati had two sides: seventies peasant-influences and a more modern city-look with linen dresses and belted pantsuits. There were lots of ideas and great looking clothes but it never became cohesive. The consumer probably doesn’t care, as long as she finds wearable clothes. And she will.

Yves St Laurent Catwalk Fashion Show ss2010

June 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Fashion, General, Menswear, Paris

The T-shirt – one of the most universal pieces of clothes – was the foundation of Stefano Pilati’s collection for YSL. He tried to mix formal with casual in his own way. Pilati elongated the T into long, djellabalike pieces under tailored jackets, or he wrapped it around the body. Of course he played with proportions and showed exploding volumes. Jackets were cut away, low in front, higher in the back.

Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk Fashion Show FW09

March 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Fashion, Paris

Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk Fashion Show SS09

October 3, 2008 by  
Filed under Fashion, Paris

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