Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mysterious Ways - Saint Laurent S/S 2013

The hype and buzz surrounding Hedi Slimane's debut outing as head designer for the newly anointed Saint Laurent label reached a fever pitched crescendo last night at the Grand Palais in Paris. Slimane stayed true to the legacy of Saint Laurent with a flurry of floor grazing, full-sleeve dresses, le Smoking tuxedo jackets, pussy bows, and low slung slender pants replete with wide-brimmed "Witches of Eastwick" style hats which obscured the model's faces. The ubiquitous Australian modelling sensation Julia Nobis opened the show with fellow antipodean models Catherine McNeil, Codie Young and Anmari Botha figuring prominently in the cast. Models with a certain "je ne sais quoi" seemed to be the order of the day with established faces Saskia de Brauw, Aymeline Valade, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Kasia Struss, Iselin Steiro and Marie Piovesan bringing their trademark allure to the Saint Laurent runway. Amongst the most notable newcomers to be given the Slimane nod of approval were Americans Louise Parker and Juliana Schurig, Polish red head Magdalena Jasek, the androgynous Argentinian Melissa Stasiuk, show closer Eritrean native Grace Mahary, French newcomer Josephine Letutour who resembles a young Carla Bruni, and Lily McMenamy who is the daughter of modelling legend Kristen McMenamy. An air of mystery and an untouchable quality proved to be the common denominator amongst the line-up of models, enhanced all the more by Slimane's eerily gothic tinged debut collection. 

Catherine McNeil
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Julia Nobis
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Codie Young
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Anmari Botha
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Melissa Stasiuk
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Josephine Letutour
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Louise Parker
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Grace Mahary
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Juliana Schurig
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Magdalena Jasek
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Maria Bradley
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Lily McMenamy
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Kasia Struss
Saint Laurent - S/S 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

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