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Stefano Pilati, Creative director, Yves Saint Laurent

From peg-leg trousers to towering architectural heels, the high street has been
dominated this year by versions of styles which made their debut on Stefano Pilati’s Yves Saint Laurent catwalk.

Few designers have had such an impact on both menswear and womenswear concurrently. But then Pilati’s fashion career reads like the floor plan of a luxury department store.
From Cerruti and Miu Miu via Giorgio Armani, the Milanese designer has been at YSL since 2000 when he joined Tom Ford’s team as women’s design director. He replaced Ford as creative director in 2004.

Pilati’s first collection for YSL since the eponymous designer died in June stayed true to the label’s modern, slightly androgynous handwriting with Japanese-inspired kimonos and fisherman pants, and details borrowed from the infamous Le Smoking tuxedo.

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