Elegant tailoring has always been the distinctive backbone of Yves Saint Laurent. Creative director Stefano Pilati has found his comfort zone at the Parisian fashion house, fine-tuning his own vision to sit appropriately with YSL’s heritage and more importantly with its’ customers.
For next summer Pilati offered a graceful collection inspired by ex-pats in North Africa in the 1940s. A refined palette of sand, navy and white worked beautifully on military inspired garments in strong but simple shapes.
Double-breasted coats, cropped jackets, mesh shirts, knee length shorts and blouson jackets were slouchy in their cut but still sleek and amenable. Minimalist in essence the collection presented an immaculate concept for summer and Pilati updated YSL’s signature garment, the Safari jacket – and this incarnation had lacing across the waistline.
The well-observed collection, involving only 25 looks, was a pertinent edit and confident solution by Stefano Pilati. Moving away from his usual androgynous approach, the collection proved that successful YSL menswear finds affinity and strength within a masculine context.