Paris Menswear SS15: Saint Laurent

Hedi Slimane was called upon this season to call menswear quits with his bohemian like you Saint Laurent presentation. As for the newest string of his strictly Slimane garments it was all unrelentingly Hedi, not much more can be said than that, and another spin with rock & roll here matched with another waifish male model there, it was. There was however a more romanticised, fluffy Age of Aquarius agenda going on with hippy-dippy hearts worn proudly on sleeves as busy blossoming embellishments in metallic thread and embedded crystals, demonstrating that workmanship is still being kept to its usual high standards.

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Whilst certain gaucho-esque ponchos, overly fringed leather jackets and blousy shirts may have never been produced to such quality a lot of what we saw has indeed been seen time and time again, Slimane is just a master of giving it his own aforementioned spin. Dating it between the 60s and 70s, culturally checking a few other hotspots for good measure, Slimane is still looking for something to revolt against. Yet, generally to a good effect too, because throughout his notorious tenure we’ve been hard up to come some of the specific standouts from this season, such as the luscious leather suits with a flagrant Jim Morrison sex appeal and that wonderfully flavoured loosely Matador-embellished blousons.

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Each look, held up with spindly black stalks throughout, is constructed charismatically enough to become momentarily ingrained on the minds of certainly not just the fashion press, but Slimane’s counter-cultural followers, so expect to see more trickles of Laurent SS15 soon. It’s a prosperous method, for now that is.

by Liam Feltham

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