Saint Laurent Show Stirs Controversy at Paris Fashion Week

7 Mar

Saint Laurent’s Fall 2013 collection, shown Monday night during Paris Fashion Week , has received mixed reviews.

It is clear that creative director Hedi Slimane still faces hurdles against the fashion critics since arriving at the renowned French fashion house last March.

Charlotte Cowles of New York Magazine reports how  “critics don’t know what to make of it, particularly considering its departure from anything remotely resembling Yves Saint Laurent.” Cowles writes “no one seems to know what exactly Slimane was getting at besides a very expensive redux of nineties grunge, which a certain kind of girl will probably buy no matter how much it costs.”

Cathy Horyn of The New York Times made her opinion of Slimane’s work very clear last season–which is why she did not receive an invitation to the Saint Laurent’s show this season.

Horyn acknowledges the power of the Saint Laurent brand in her Paris Fashion Week review,but reasserts her opinion of Slimane’s collection: “Without the label attached to them, Mr. Slimane’s grunge dresses wouldn’t attract interest — because they’re not special. But a box of labels is worth a million.”

WWD.com gave a review of Saint Laurent in a similar vein: “Is playing a cutesy, disaffected-youth hand enough to propel the house of Saint Laurent into today’s luxury stratosphere – especially if the targeted air space is that in which Chanel and Dior reside?”

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