Call it Seattle by way of Saint-Germain. The Saint Laurent Fall 2013 took a detour into "California grunge," with creative director Hedi Slimane filling the runway with babydoll dresses, slashed leather leggings, flannel shirts, and embellished buckle boots. The YSL signatures were cleverly woven into the collection — "Le Smoking" was a tough elongated tuxedo jacket over a mini, the iconic fur chubbies turned into voluminous fur jackets draped sexily over dresses, and sparkling fishnets (even on full bodysuits) winked at traditional French dressing. We bet that front-row fans like Jessica Chastain and Kirsten Dunst will be snapping up the perfect leather coats — a sharp double-breasted trench was a standout — and the flat boots that accompanied many of the looks. Did we mention the army of black-leather-mini-clad models that came out at the very end of the show? Cool girls from coast to coast, from continent to continent, will be rocking those come Fall. Click through to see the full collection.
Hedi Slimane was in a grunge state of mind for Fall 2013. With a booming soundtrack by Thee Oh Sees, models (like Hanne Gaby Odiele, Lindsey Wixson, and Cara Delevingne) hit the runway in barely-there tartan plaid and floral-sequined babydoll dresses, many of which were topped with open flannel shirts or cozy Fair Isle cardigans. But Slimane hasn't lost his rocker edge; there was still plenty of that. Leather was a predominant motif in the collection; it came in the form of slashed leggings, soft peacoats, and a flurry of sexy minidresses that closed the show. The classic YSL motifs were also still there — a bow at the neck, fur chubbies, the Smoking tuxedo jacket — just shot through with a distinct edge. No flou in this lean collection; just storytelling and the craftsmanship that the house is known for.