Every Saint Laurent runway show is a heart-palpitating event and Runway SS15 was no less. The runway this season channeled a somewhat sexualized, 70’s era sensation that incorporated a hint of Slimane’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles. Spring Saint Laurent is more in love with colour, and much more comfortable with prints. The long-sleeved crepe flower print shirt in a combination of black, red and blue reflects this, as does the sleeveless georgette blouse in the same print. The georgette becomes more seductive with the sleeveless style also coming in a leopard print. The LA-groupies-meets-Paris-couture feel is embodied in the late seventies style cropped jackets such as the black cropped jacket with gold buttons, that portrays a tinted glam while still highlighting the handiwork typical of Saint Laurent embroidery. Leopard print reappears as a cardigan, which also comes in black and cuivre (copper), that when paired with the black rinse skinny jeans, makes for the effortlessly, glamorous look intended by Slimane this season and demonstrated on the runway by the models’ edgy and quick-shifting struts. Slimane does, however, maintain tradition with the classic black pants, featuring a slight 70’s flare, as commonly featured on prominent fashion blogs such as Sara Donaldson’s Harper and Harley, Anna Dello Russo, Carmen Hamilton’s The Chronicles of Her, and Cupcakes and Cashmere. Accessories feature the classicly sophisticated scarves that match the themes of the season, with the flower and leopard georgette print and leopard solid, as well as the elegantly plain colour waves of red and black. Seventies playfulness is embodied in two polkadot waves of black and white, and seasonal colour favourite bordeaux and black. Edginess translates through to the Rider bags, that feature silver hardware with zipper details or plain gold hardware for the chick with confidence and attitude. Saint Laurent shoes were the most obvious shift with Slimane taking a more glamorous 70s approach with the utilization of platforms. The Bianca heel in leopard and a black/wood effect are the statement shoe for the new season that brings unique sophistication to platforms, while maintaining the youthful edge of the 70s.
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