Yves Saint Laurent S/S 11

Posted by Stephan Moskovic | October 8th, 2010

Everyone remembers the scene in The September Issue where Anna Wintour admonishes Stefano Pilati for the lack of color found in his muted collection for YSL. Looking back on that chilling moment, one has to wonder how everyone’s favorite editrix must feel about the vibrant and elegant show Pilati put forth for spring. For a designer who has been critiqued strongly in the past, this season’s impeccable lineup almost feels like a coy nod to naysayers. Showcasing his skill for precision cutting and a newly optimistic point of view, Pilati turned out one of his best (and brightest) collections for the house.

The classic Yves references were there; crisp white trenches, billowing silk blouses and sleek jumpsuits all called to mind the seventies heyday of Saint Laurent without resorting to mimicry and the fashion savvy will also spot a thoughtful reprise of Le Smoking, done with subtlety and grace. There was also a touch of flamenco flair, via a series of ruffled dresses that are certain to become repeat players in the editorial pages. This variety offered may seem like a retrospective of Saint Laurent signatures, but Pilati adds his adept touch. Finding the balance between respectfully embracing the heritage of the brand and adding your own mark, can be a difficult task for designers, but it is one that Pilati seems to have mastered. His look for spring is classic YSL but Pilati’s unique breed of sexiness is especially evident in those sheer numbers from the streamlined finale.

Yves Saint Laurent
Spring/Summer 2011

Photos: Stephan Moskovic
Text: Janelle Okwodu

Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2011

Stylist: Joe McKenna
Casting: Kannon Rajah and Philippe Contini
Makeup: Pat McGrath
Hair: Guido Palau

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25 Comments to “Yves Saint Laurent S/S 11”

  1. Shin says:

    Stunning!! I love how elegant and chic everything looks! The black shoulder-bearing dress is to die for!

  2. GP says:

    Gorgeous collection and Stefano Pilati is hot:)

  3. Josh says:

    Joan Smalls opened the show!!! This is very life changing for her. I also never realized just how beautiful Kinga is until I saw this show.

  4. Elise. says:

    But doesn’t look Freja angry at Arizona in the line-up?
    Kasia is behind Freja.

  5. Ld says:

    Not crazy about the entire collection an excepting for a few pieces such as the turquoise dress. The frill is a bit much

  6. trumancapote says:

    the best Pilati show after the wig clones 🙂 SIMPLY AMAZING…

  7. D. says:

    I really hope Stefano stays in the house. This is better then last season, but I don’t think it is his best. Some of the ruffle pieces are sketch, but the rest was very elegant.

  8. tby says:

    stefano is very hot …..and carla gebarth is a great model …..very preaty i love the way she walk

  9. e says:

    JAC looks amazing, but where is Magdalena Frąckowiak and Anja? Kasia Struss is such a big star these days.

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  11. anlabe says:

    Well, Carla Gebhart is anything but pretty, but she is a good model though.
    I love Pilati for the house, i love this collection, liked last one, and adored spring 2010! I hope YSL will do couture one day, along Lanvin…. That would be haven.
    BTW, Kendra Spears had an amazing season after a moment of absence. I expext a lot from her.

  12. so sad he is gone, but this collection does a great service to the legacy of YSL, some truly great pieces here, and some nice models, though overall the models could be a lot stronger

  13. Jennifer says:

    So elegant and chic, and slightly retro-70’s… Love it, love it!! Love the hair and makeup too. Just superb… I want all those clothes. I want to wear them now!

  14. Eva says:

    @Elise – I think Freja is probably hitting on her,knowing Freja’s preferences 😉

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  16. robson says:

    love it, very chic…

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  18. E says:

    Who is the girl in the turquoise dress?

  19. linda diana says:

    absolutely gorgeous! lind diana

  20. This collection is perfectly elegant! Just feminine and gorgeous! One of our favourites this season!!

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  21. Darryl says:

    Saint Laurent’s brilliant use of color seemed almost completely forgotten in Pilati’s last few YSL shows, and I’m glad someone as influential as Wintour called him on it. He clearly took notes; THIS looks like a YSL collection. Modern but with a streamlined retro flair. Great job.

  22. StevieNicoleDow says:

    I love the collection, it’s so modern. I wish I could have been there in person. I am an aspiring model, and I really enjoy looking at behind the catwalk photos, of the models getting their hair and make up all on. Such a difficult field of work however.

  23. San Roderigo, Congreve says:

    Yes Saint Laurent opened a clothing line. Models would find France a better showcase with piercings.