Yves Saint Laurent showed a highly-wearable and interpretable collection, anchored by Prince of Wales check fabric and some standout accessories, at Paris Fashion Week yesterday.
Head creative Stefano Pilati sent out a perfectly pitched collection which opened with a series of coats and blazers, both fitted and over-sized, in grey Prince of Wales check, often with subtle contrast panels, cuffs, collars or pocket details in a darker shade.
Short and knee-length blanket-style or kilt-like wrap skirts peeped out from under outerwear, while the look was sexed up with satin white blouses with stand-up mandarin collars and a slashed deep-keyhole neckline.
Flashes of purple helped lift the collection and best here was the purple houndstooth skirt, which was distressed and frayed to give a feathered effect around the bottom. It was worn with a collarless db jacket.
White was also important, and came as catsuits and halterneck dresses with sheer panels. There was also a classic Yves Saint Laurent white tuxedo.
Pilati’s accessories were triumphant led by two-tone metallic platforms, which sexed up his white evening styles. Much of the collection was belted with chain belts, both thin and mid-width. On-the-knee black boots, which he paired with daywear, are also likely to prove strong sellers next season. It’s a while since we have seen that look.