My Paris Fashion Week adventure started at YSL.
I was invited to the YSL showroom to view the straight-off-the Spring 2010 runway collection.
The collection was laid out in 4 parts which represented the sweet country-style brand classic white blouses and peasant skirts to an urban utilitarian looks which included leather shorts which were slashed. A trend we’ve seen in other presentations.
One thing I could appreciate viewing the collection this way was Pilati expert tailoring.
There were many dresses which were above-the-knee, poufy and belted plus shirt-dresses were also included.
Pants were loose and high-waisted. Shorts were presented in both leather and toweling material plus pencil skirt were both khaki and leather.
Monsieur Laurent classic masculine looks with the feminine ambiguity were evident by the look Iris Strubegger wore including wide pants, a ruffle collared blouse and cropped tuxedo jacket.
I loved that the collection included coral pinks, cornflower blue and forest green, as Stefano Pilati usually favours a palette of black, white and grey.
When I viewed the Spring 2010 collection on Style.com I’ll admit I didn’t get the strawberry reference, so I asked what it represented.
The strawberries reference Yves Saint Laurent’s last Spring 2001 Haute Couture presentation in which Monsieur Laurent embroidered strawberries, pineapples and cherries to blouses.
Seeing the collection up close I also noticed that the black leather skirt also had strawberry appliqués.
Another benefit of seeing the collection up close is that you appreciate all the finer details.
Look 9 appears to be white dress trimmed with black leather ruffles, but they were actually 2 separate dresses.
Many of the YSL Fall 2009 bags had a “Y” sewn, so I loved that Look 39 had this same sewn in detail on the skirt.
The accessories were just as magnificent as the clothes. Cuffs looked like tree bark and thorned vines.
The suede and leather sandals were studded, detailed with roses, trimmed with white leather and came in a variety of colours.
Kate Moss was one of the celebrities in the front row.
She arrived in a high end-high street mix of a YSL Fall 2009 dark grey coat/cape, paired with a sheer top, a black mini skirt and a studded belt from her Kate Moss for Topshop collection.
Katy Perry’s look was head-to-toe YSL as she paired the leather bustier with dark grey pants which she tucked into her boots.
Natalia Vodianova also arrived wearing a YSL leather-wool mix, pairing her look with a gorgeous pair of black crocodile YSL Imperiale pumps from the Fall 2009 collection.
Credit: INF Daily, Style.com & Wireimage