– By Sarah-Leigh Wade –
Embarking on his second collection for Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane ‘s creations took a youthful, grungy turn this season. Grunge and the streets of California were given homage for autumn/winter 2013, continuing the designer’s marked departure from the hallowed halls of the former YSL.
Outerwear, in its many guises, was a talking point from a sumptuous flesh pink fur slung over flirty hotpants to cosy woollen Crombie shapes, sensible duffels and covetable leathers. Like many collections this season, androgyny too played a part, masculine layers swamping flirty dresses or in contrast, frills and flounces fighting to be seen under chunky plaid cover-ups.
In eveningwear, details were key. A leather mini-dress with a sweetheart neckline and chiffon bustier with mesh panels and matching tights was beautifully laced with delicate pearls. Elsewhere expert layering, fetishistic buckles and sequins sprinkled a little glamour in amongst the deluge of grungy separates.
Appealing to the rock n’ roll front row, cute babydoll dresses were teamed with checked flannel, patterned tights and heavy-duty biker boots. What fresh and exciting about that, you might ask? Freshness was delivered in Slimane’s knack of turning the ordinary in to sexy, the casual in to vampy. Slouchy knits and vintage florals are set too to inform street style across the globe – the grunge era showing no sign of abating as one of fashion’s most favourite focal points.
Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLeighW
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