Top secret previews have been taking place this week for selected buyers from elite retailers of the first pieces to emerge from the atelier of Hedi Slimane at YSL, now Saint Laurent Paris. Although there are no photos, no sketches, not even a swatch of fabric or even a thread - such is the anticipation for the collection that the impressions of an anonymous buyer are circulating. Not since Raf Simons debuted at Christian Dior has there been such crackling expectation on a designer.
What can we expect? According to WWD therell be; sharp tailoring in fine pinstripes; short dresses with light padding at the shoulders; lots of silky, girly tops; cigarette trousers, skinny jeans and hotpants, and iconic styles such as tuxedos and silk crepe tie-neck blouses. It feels very YSL, but in a modern way, the retailer said. Hedi has a vision. Its so directional.
As was the case with Tom Fords first womenswear collection after leaving Gucci the lack of images does nothing to dampen the anticipation of the fashion pack as the fashion excitement builds to a crescendo.