Saint Laurent in LA LA Land, FW 2016
Yesterday, far away from the left-bank, the very Parisian maison Saint Laurent took over Los Angeles to present its very Parisian Fall 2016 men’s collection. The Soul Édition was there of course!
The show took place in front of a host of stars amid persistent rumors over the future of its artistic director Hedi Slimane.
The French fashion house showcased its autumn-winter collection, and part of its women’s range, to a backdrop of raucous punk rock at the Hollywood Palladium on Hollywood Boulevard, five days ahead of the music industry’s prestigious Grammy Awards.
Rocker and actress Courtney Love joined Oscar nominees Lady Gaga and Sylvester Stallone, singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, ex-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, and British musician Sam Smith in the front row. Names, names, names!
Fashion journal Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) has reported that 47-year-old Slimane, who has headed the company founded by Yves Saint Laurent since 2012 and lives in Los Angeles, has “so far failed to reach an agreement on the renewal of his contract” and may be on his way.
Profits have skyrocketed in the three years the Frenchman has been in charge, with revenue doubling as he gave the haute couture brand a street style edge. Saint Laurent and its parent group Kering have said they will “not comment on rumors” over Slimane’s future.
The autumn-winter collection was initially to have been shown as usual during men’s fashion week in Paris at the end of January, although the second part of the women’s collection will be unveiled there during Fashion Week in March.
Saint Laurent said in a statement that shifting the shows to Los Angeles was meant as a “tribute to the strong music scene in Los Angeles.”
Long derided for flashiness or faded grunge, Los Angeles is increasingly being described as an upcoming center of global fashion. Designers who have held shows in the city include Burberry and Tom Ford in 2015 and Louis Vuitton with its 2016 cruise collection.
Experts say the fashion boom in Los Angeles stems as much from the city’s concentration of celebrities, whose social media influence is important to brands, as its cluster of garment manufacturers and wealth of creative talent.
What do you think of this collection! We can’t wait for Fall 2016!
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