menswear collections: yves saint laurent, fall

by Jeremy Danté

as one of the most influential designers of the last twenty years, the house of yves saint laurent is to credit for the masculine transformation of womenswear. as the appointed designer for the house of dior, by christian dior himself, the influence of yves saint laurent as a designer & creative force is one of the most recognizable in fashion & that infuence has been injected into his namesake label since it’s creation in 1962. creatively directed by stefano pilati, the FW11 menswear collection taps into the french heritage of the label while focusing on sharp tailoring & clean design, elements which the YSL label has become known for. a rich palette is seen in the 26 look collection, as bursts of color are seen through the use of yellow, green, purple & blue. i had expected more thought to go into the menswear collection this season & am very disappointed by what was presented. while the designs are not particularly bad, they do not do the historical value of YSL any justice. a successful label is one that can successfully dominate in both worlds of womenswear & menswear with the addition of accessories, fragrance & cosmetics. with numerous reports questioning the vitality of the house under the direction of pilati, i can’t help but wonder what the real issue is in terms of design. hoping to see much greater development in the next season & with the FW11 menswear campaign.

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