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YVES SAINT LAURENT – PARIS FASHION WEEK SS12 MENSWEAR

Yves Saint Laurent SS12

Yves Saint Laurent kicked off the show displaying a range of blue suits. Jackets tended to maintain an elegant and tailored shape, as did trousers which were slim fitting and smart. Touches of interest were added to the clothing via changing jacket shapes and replacing suit trousers with tailored shorts. While jackets initially appeared as smart blazers, military style coats began to emerge, in the form of long jackets and structured blazers, creating powerful silhouettes and sharp lines. Some jackets also took on a more cropped shape, appearing to take inspiration from traditional riding jackets.

Emerging from the dark blue collection of suits and shorts, came an assortment of outfits in bright white.  Again, YSL presented some strong, high collared jackets and tailored shorts, as well as some more casual jackets which gave off a sportswear vibe.

Beige was next to emerge, and with it a range of new shapes and designs. While still backing the traditional mackintosh shape in coats, and the tailored look in shorts, a series of lace up garments were also displayed. A cotton shirt with a lace up neck was first to appear, along with a jacket possessing a lace up panel around the waist, and shorts with subtle lace up detailing in the pleats of the darts.

An ongoing thread throughout the whole show was the snakeskin theme. At first appearing subtly on footwear, it then began appearing in a bold blue print on jackets and shorts, paired with in one instant, with a billowing, silken jacket.

Images courtesy of Nowfashion

Posted by: Emily Rogers

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