Paris Fashion Week: Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2012 review

For next season Stefano Pilati conjured up a filthy rich powerful muse for Yves Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2012 collection. Her style was apparent in every way from the gold bucking on the shoes to the luxurious materials on her clothing. 

Held at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild YSL’s show was engrossed with a palette of green hues which ranged from moss to khaki to forest green shades. Pilati teamed these colours with rich jewel tones such as ruby and sapphire – carrying on from the current autumn/winter 2011/12 trend – and mixing in perfectly with cool mint, lilac, indigo and black shades. 

Key pieces came in the form of a dark green and black swing coat, which launched the show, to silk palazzo pants and elegant halter neck jumpsuits complete with jewelled belts. There was an iconic 1960s and Hollywood vibe around the collection which was cemented by the siren red lips and dramatic eye make up. 

Alongside this were strong ornate prints which came in the form of maxi skirts and dresses as well as bubble gum pink peplum pieces; Pilati also created a light midnight blue and similar black cocktail dress – a sure-fire hit for the younger crowd and cocktail parties. 

To end the show models adorned several gowns all in sheer black material with a sprinkling of gold dust thrown on and were finished off with a far eastern inspired pattern across the bottom of the dress: sending a message to the rumour mill that whatever the gossip is at present regarding Pilati’s supposed departure, he is almost certainly going nowhere just yet… 


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