YSL Spring 2011: Flamenco Season

PARIS--Stefano Pilati's reign at Yves Saint Laurent can't be described as anything else but a roller coaster. Sometimes he's lauded, at other times mocked. In a season when other designers have been inspired by his master's Le Smoking suit, safari jackets, and other '70s styles, Pilati looked to the archives with flamenco dresses and perfect pants.
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PARIS--Stefano Pilati's reign at Yves Saint Laurent can't be described as anything else but a roller coaster. Sometimes he's lauded, at other times mocked. In a season when other designers have been inspired by his master's Le Smoking suit, safari jackets, and other '70s styles, Pilati looked to the archives with flamenco dresses and perfect pants.
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PARIS--Stefano Pilati's reign at Yves Saint Laurent can't be described as anything else but a roller coaster. Sometimes he's lauded, at other times mocked.

In a season when other designers have been inspired by his master's Le Smoking suit, safari jackets, and other '70s styles, Pilati looked to the archives with flamenco dresses and perfect pants.

The collection, shown in an impossibly small but extravagant room in Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, was mix of black, white and jewel-toned colors. The shoes in particular--several styles of shapely wedges--are sure to be a hit. As will the not-so-ordinary workwear. The flamenco dresses? Editorial perfection.

Former YSL exec, current Barneys CEO Mark Lee, sat right across from me during the show. His kept a poker face, but there's no doubting Barneys will be buying YSL yet again this season.