For his final Yves Saint Laurent collection (after eight years as creative director of YSL,it was announced in February that he would be leaving the house) designer Stefano Pilati sent a series of dark,sharply tailored,super serious looks down the runway--the kind of dominatrix-inspired gear fit for the well-to-do woman who cracks the whip at the office (and elsewhere).
Danica has talked aboutall backgroundandwild rumors regarding both Pilati's departure and successorbefore,so I'll focus on the attention-getting clothes here.(Although one little side note: when I popped backstage before last night's show,the dapper Pilati seemed incredibly zen,a perspective echoed in the statements he gave to WWD.)
The first few looks of stern,leather suiting worn by models with crimson lips told the YSL audience that Pilati meant business...
...as did thenoircolor scheme and strict leather tops that were cinched tightly at the waist.Sophisticated yet darkly sexy,the pieces prompted images of a modern-day femme fatale who rules with manipulative emails,racy sexts and R-rated iPhone photos in lieu of riding crop and cuffs.
Chain mail in amethyst,rose gold and emerald surfaced on a handful of touch-me-not fitted dresses in rich jewel tones...
...while even Pilati's version of a floral print--a lone calla lily set against a stark backdrop--came across as somber and no-nonsense.
Finally,while everything from the models' scraped back buns to the adults-only black boots Pilati created for his last YSL collection exuded a cold,don't-mess-with me vibe,the audience gave the talented designer a warm,foot-stomping,yelp-letting,iPhone-documenting standing ovation.
Okay ladies,pick your poison: Do you want to weigh in on the amazing clothes or the chaotic current landscape of the Paris w88手机版登录fashion scene?There's so much to say on both counts!Let's start with the clothes and go from there!