PARIS -- California ladies of the canyon was the vibe of Hedi Slimane's first women's Saint Laurent ready-to-wear runway collection shown in October. And this time, it was California grunge.
With Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund, Pierre Berge, Betty Catroux and other fashion luminaries in the front row, Slimane showed his fall 2013 collection for the house he renamed Saint Laurent on Monday night during Paris Fashion Week.
The look: Off-duty musicians and models. L.A.'s grungy, night-crawling rock 'n' roll set, with nods to Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. Slimane, you'll remember, has based himself in Los Angeles, and has his design team travel back and forth from Paris. On the runway, it was all about super short leather skirts and mini-dresses, worn with crystal-studded tights or body stockings, and black combat boots. Following the grunge theme were plaid flannel shirts (we were making bets on how much they will cost -- $1,500, $2,500?) and grandpa cardigans worn over baby doll dresses. For evening, miniskirts and cropped jackets sparkled with sequin embroideries.
The scene: The cliquish fashion crowd, a darkened room and blaring music, "Tidal Wave 13" recorded live in Australia and Asia by Thee Oh Sees, according to the press notes.