In a nod to just how perennially influential Yves Saint Laurent is (despite any flack that creative director Stefano Pilati may get), image snippets of the brand’s 2011 Resort collection posted online elicited more of a conversation than many of the season’s full collections shown up until now.
WWD was able to get an exclusive preview of the collection that Pilati came to New York City to show at the French Consulate.
The designer told the publication that for him, designing the YSL womenswear collection is "about understanding now that the iconic looks are basically cult. So the answer is to take certain elements from the archives and change them."
Fittingly, given his admittance of referencing the archives, the collection had a very retro 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s classic YSL feel to it. The designer mixed up darker looks with pops of deep reds, patterns, and bright pinks. Unlike the demure girly pinks that have made their way into so many of the big-name recent collections, Pilati’s looks are womanly, sexy, and sophisticated.
There’s a power and a confidence to the women Pilati is dressing – most notably in a crimson red, winged dress nipped at the waist with a wide blue belt, and in a two-piece, leg – and stomach-baring ensemble covered with a shirt-coat, openly belted at the waist with a wide gold belt.
The Resort 2011 collection is memorable in its crisp, well-executed simplicity and careful details.
Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have wonderful styling. Here the fashions were complemented by head wraps, large hoop earrings, stacked multi-colored bracelets, and structured clutches.