Saint Laurent showed a grunge-inspired collection at Paris Fashion Week yesterday.
The luxury label – formerly Yves Saint Laurent – presented a Fall/Winter 13 line that seemed to be aimed at young people with a penchant for leather and denim.
Models strutted down the runway to creations by Hedi Slimane, wearing moody looks on their faces and a selection of casual pieces.
Floral dresses were toughened up with baggy cardigans and chunky boots, while a very feminine gold frock was paired with a plaid shirt.
One daring look featured an extremely low-cut black wool halterneck, teamed with a leather mini-skirt with a zip running up the front.
Hemlines rarely reached longer than mid-thigh and extremely short hotpants featured in combination with more demure tops and huge fur coats.
Whereas the general feel of the collection seemed to be aimed at the younger generation, the coats would appeal to a wider audience.
Thigh-length sheepskin, leather trenches and classic black jackets with pretty button detail were all paired with sheer dresses and rocker boots.
Reactions to the collection varied, with some enjoying the casual feel, while others were critical of the extreme departure from the label’s classic, elegant style.
“Am I watching Saint Laurent or TopShop? (sic),” Booth Moore from the LA Times tweeted.
The fashion pack seemed to enjoy what they were shown, with Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning both gracing the front row.