Yves Saint Laurent


New York: When asked about the sailing theme at Yves Saint Laurent for C/R12, designer Stefano Pilati pointed out that Yves himself presented a nautical collection in the early eighties, shown with sheer stockings and pumps. Pilati interpreted the maritime aesthetic in a similarly sophisticated manner, giving sailor bottoms extra-high waists and A-line silhouettes and interpreting breton stripes as a linear rope print. Peasant sleeves added a quintessentially YSL element, and added airiness to the otherwise structured sailor silhouettes. Short, ruched sleeves, sweetheart necklines, culottes and feminine rompers conjured up ladylike beachwear from the 1940s.  –Whitney Kessler

Color: Fire engine red / Black / White / Navy blue / Marigold / Cobalt

Key Items: Pleated skirt / Puff-sleeved button-front / Trench / High-waisted walking short / Ruched culotte / Printed sundress / Retro romper / Sheer, A-line maxi

Materials: Leather / Taffeta / Chiffon / Woven cottons

Print + Pattern: Anchor motifs / Rope stripes / Poppy print

Details + Trim: Ruched sleeves / Self-belts / Piping / Peasant sleeves / Sailor collars / Boat necks / Pieced constructions / Cap sleeves / Sweetheart necklines / Peplums / Ankle details

Accessories + Footwear: Anchor jewelry / Shoulder bags / Skinny waist belts / Printed totes / Chunky charm necklaces / Color-blocked satchels / Rounded cat-eye sunglasses / Rope bracelets / Printed scarves / Wooden wedges

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