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OUT OF AFRICA

Paris: In a nod to one of Yves Saint Laurent’s signature themes (and perhaps a reference to the namesake designer’s Algerian roots), designer Stefano Pilati took inspiration from Africa for S/S 11. Pilati found a way to take authentic details like the fez cap, animal-patterned accents on pieced knits, tunic shirts and Bakelite sunglasses, and style them in into looks that conjured 40s Hollywood heartthrobs like Cary Grant. High-waisted pants with pleats, polka dot silk shirts and a double-breasted silhouette extended the collection’s look beyond safari cliches like cargo pants and bush jackets, and the neutral palette helped focus attention on the shapes of the clothes and the subtle patterns. While not every look was successful in his attempt at channeling a new man on the frontier, Pilati offered a provocative version of the chic explorer trend that is so prevalent this season.

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