Saint Laurent’s menswear show goes bold
by Thomas Adamson, Associated Press
January 20, 2014 08:55 PM | 773 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A model presents a creation as part of French born fashion designer Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent men’s Fall-Winter 2014-15 fashion collection. <br> The Associated Press
A model presents a creation as part of French born fashion designer Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent men’s Fall-Winter 2014-15 fashion collection.
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PARIS — Stars turned out in throngs for Saint Laurent’s menswear show, the highlight of the last day of fall-winter 2014 Paris shows which included Lanvin, Paul Smith and Thom Browne.

Here are some key moments and tidbits from the finish line of the colorful menswear season.

SALMA HAYEK DRESSES IN MEN’S CLOTHES

Salma Hayek turned up at the very last minute for the Saint Laurent Paris show, attracting attention because she was dressed head to toe in men’s clothes.

But the “Frida” star who wore an androgynous dark “smoking” jacket, white shirt and menswear tie from a previous Saint Laurent menswear show, pulled the bold look off with style. She twinned it with a demure beehive.

Hayek was clearly invoking the legacy of the late, great Yves Saint Laurent who broke the mold as one of the first designers to blur the lines between men and women’s dressing with “Le Smoking.” Today’s designer Hedi Slimane, too, has continued the house’s androgynous spirit and put men’s codes in his women’s creations.

HEDI SLIMANE’S LAS VEGAS MEETS EAST LONDON

With the blinding lights of a Las Vegas casino, Slimane once again went back in time to the Rockabilly early-1960s.

Python shirts, pencil ties, black skinny jeans and a pale pink shimmering tuxedo were worn by slouching models.

They stomped about the catwalk clumsily with shades and metallic tassels from jackets that glittered in the bright Vegas lights.

It gave off a nice air of disco sleaze, at times.

But Slimane also gave a nod to London with his now familiar retro wardrobe. Check scarves and drape coats seeming to echo a sort of East End gangster, or a Teddy boy.

WILD LUXURY

Lanvin gave the rebellious punk boy of the street an injection of luxury.

Punk hairstyles, skinny ties, long think 1970s scarfs, bold prints and retro cyclamen pink blurred down the catwalk.

But Lanvin is about pure luxury: This rebel looked like he’d won the lottery and gone on a shopping spree sporting shimmering, couture fabrics and jackets and pants with finessed tailoring.

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