We’re not sure who Saint Laurent’s spring 2013 show was more of a coup for: Designer Hedi Slimane–or Rachel Zoe. Because it was the latter’s name that online commenters were using to describe the aesthetic of the collection–one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the season. Of course, Zoe’s own aesthetic is actually a riff on Yves Saint Laurent’s original, 70s designs, so in a sense, the design process has come full circle!
But it wasn’t just the online community that noticed the similiarities between Slimane’s debut and Zoe’s aesthetic. According to the New York Times: “Tuesday morning, at the Chanel show, someone handed Ms. Zoe a copy of that day’s WWD, with pictures of the [Saint Laurent] collection. Even from across the runway, she looked to be floored.”
And then this happened:
“You’re the talk of the town,” Joe Zee, the creative director of Elle, told her.
“I literally received 20 phone calls last night in the span of 20 minutes,” Ms. Zoe said with a cackle. “I don’t know what to say. I doubt I really was an influence, but I think it’s the most unbelievable collection. I literally want every single piece.”
Whether that’s a good or bad thing for Hedi Slimane, remains to be seen.