When Saint Laurent sent his grungy girls down the catwalk in plaid, slobby cardis and spotty tights, there was no mistaking the teen spirit borrowed from Nirvana. And now who is one of the faces of Saint Laurent’s Pre Fall collection but Mrs Nirvana, Courtney Love.
Over the years Courtney’s style has been interesting and I’ve probably channelled her late husband’s style more than hers…I am sitting here typing in a Breton jumper with red sunglasses not far away…but I really like these images- especially the big furry coat and tiara combo.
Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Ariel Pink and Marilyn Manson have also got their pose on for the campaign. There was lots of talk about Hedi Slimane’s treatment of the YSL heritage (the dropping of the ‘Yves’ was perhaps a sign that Hedi planned on putting a rather big finger print of his own on the brand,) and then the grunge look surfaced. I really like the collection but it doesn’t necessary scream Yves Saint Laurent to me. Perhaps that’s ok.
In fact YSL has always been linked with musicians and fused fashion with rock and roll. After all, the ‘real’ Yves dressed Mick and Bianca for the St Tropez Jagger wedding and Hedi has designed stage wear (whilst working at YSL in the 90s) for David Bowie and The Libertines.
He photographed Courtney in her natural New York habitat and she is reportedly wearing Hedi’s polka dot scarf and classic YSL tailoring, as well as an evening dress from the new collection. The furry coat is from the main AW13 collection…in case you were wondering.
Both Manson and Pink are wearing the Saint Laurent L01 biker jacket, as favoured by the one-and-only Keith Richards…there’s that Stones link again.
Do you look the campaign or do you want something glossier from the French fashion house?