Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2011: How To Please Everyone

From the front row at Yves Saint Laurent, a video of the final walk. Click through for images.
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From the front row at Yves Saint Laurent, a video of the final walk. Click through for images.

From the front row at Yves Saint Laurent, a video of the final walk. Click through for images and a full review.

Fashionista contributor Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt.

You could feel the tension in the air inside the three small rooms, with two rows of chairs on each side, as guests arrived at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild late on Monday night for the Yves Saint Laurent show. It seems that in this age of Twitter, rumors, and gossip, Mr. Pilati has been subjected unfairly to too many unfounded and pretty much futile chatters over the past few seasons.

But last Monday night, Mr. Pilati delivered a fall collection that would surely satisfy the corporate people at PPR and put an end to the futile rumor mongers--people who have little knowledge, and surely too much time to just invent fantasies in their 140 words or less.

When Ruby Wilson came into the room, wearing a grey wool window pane checkered double-breasted coat-dress and a silk satin white shirt, followed by Kasia Struss, in a light grey wool double-breasted jacket with a charcoal wool skirt, they could have been snapshots from the current exhibition Saint Laurent Rive Gauche at the Fondation Yves Bergé, opened now until mid July 2011. But that’s as far as the tribute to YSL goes.

A single-breasted grey gingham cropped jacket pant-suit, a grey gingham buttoned coat with short and slit puffed sleeves, a purple wool double-breasted coat with feather trims, an aqua blue large-shouldered short dress, and a black and white cropped zippered wool jacket with pleated black wool pants anchored this collection, which offered women a whole lot of choices of fabulous clothes for fall, rather than any awkward intellectual, artsy concepts. The all-white segment of the show was nothing short of exquisite, starting with the white corset jumpsuit with sheer chiffon sleeveless, and the extreme flared pants, white sheer silk shirt and marabou chubby coat.

No YSL fall-winter collection was ever complete without a fabulous fur coat. As a big fan of furs, I simply love the fox coat with a black collar and gradient shades of black and grey interspersed with crisp white furs.

**All photos by Imaxtree.