May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Hedi Slimane has always associated himself with musicians. From his haunting photographs of Pete Doherty to his use of Girls frontman Christopher Owens in his recent ad campaign, the designer has successfully used his relationship with rock stars to give his work a certain cachet. For his second collection for Saint Laurent, Slimane tapped it-girl/singer Sky Ferreira to model for the lookbook. The designer shot the photos himself in his signature black and white style. The images are certainly arresting, but in only one instance do they depict a look from head to toe, teasing viewers with sections of outfits. The bits and pieces shown here suggest that the designer worked with sexy leather and sheer lace this season. He was unafraid of baring skin and included plunging keyhole necklines and cutouts. Jewels added a glamorous touch, while studs toughened things up. A billowy dress and a smoking jacket were nods to the label’s heritage. It seems Slimane’s followers will be waiting impatiently for the collection’s delivery to experience the pieces in full. While frustrating, it’s also a brilliant way to build interest in the collection. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Billowy / Figure-hugging / Boxy
Key Items: Lace blouse / Billowy polka dot dress / Leather motorcycle jacket / Smoking jacket / Studded leather dress
Materials: Filmy lace / Chiffon / Leather / Felted wool / Chunky wool yarns / Brocade
Print + Pattern: Small polka dots
Details + Trim: Keyhole necklines / Studs / Jewel embellishments / Paillettes / Toggle closures / Ruffle necklines
Accessories + Footwear: Metal bangles / Leopard clutch / Fur chain-strap bag / Chain belts / Python platform booties
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