If you are visiting this little space of mine more regularly, you have probably noticed my weakness for a certain kind of post: declaring my love to something which I thought to be out of my taste comfort zone. The Coal Slider featured in the latest Emerson Fry campaign is not an exception. A few weeks prior I would have deemed them to be nothing but fancy home footwear. Now all I can think of is that I desperately need a pair, that I want to wear them all day long, that I would even pull them off in a business meeting (I would!). I think that this is a quite drastic case of „I can change my mind, can’t I?“. Its roots lying somewhere between the impeccable execution of the shoe (the minimalistic approach, the buttery soft leather and the contrasting sole) and the overall styling of the look (an all black look which gains depth through different kind of shades and textures). Another possible factor: seeing one too many editorials and street style pictures featuring Adidas and Birkenstock slip-ons over the last weeks, sometimes paired with socks. Maybe I do have underestimated this trend and now I find myself with a soft spot for this exact kind of footwear. If so, I am more than happy to comply with these beauties made by Emerson Fry.
Image: Emerson Fry
It seems as though I have a thing for fine jewellery lately, literally.
Lately because only a few posts ago I mentioned the jewellery designer Gaia Repossi. And literally because, as you can see, all these pieces above are exquisitely subtle. I love the designer’s approach of creating something modern and different and yet at the same time fluent and uncomplicated. One can easily imagine wearing this kind of jewellery on a daily basis, of them becoming a part of one’s everyday attire and maybe even a part of oneself.
And if that isn’t reason enough to fall in love with her creations, the exquisite mise en scène of the lookbook will surely do the rest.
Images: Sophie Bille Brahe
The big question is: what kind of motivation lies behind such a fundamentally different point of view for a Saint Laurent collection?
Some might argue that Hedi Slimane simply wanted to break the rules and therefore attract a lot of attention (which he did without question). But there are also others who insist that he has a point, that even though he isn’t faithful to Yves silhouettes, he is faithful to his attitude as a designer.
Both Leandra Medine from the Man Repeller and Géraldine Dormoy from Café Mode are mentioning the 1970s and how Saint Laurent transformed fashion. By bringing the style from the street on the runway, he did nothing less than „democratise fashion“. Another example for his revolutionising spirit could be found in the creation of the first plausible alternative to evening dresses: le smoking.
Although there were a lot of question marks floating above my head when I got the first glimpse of the collection, I’m very much curious which steps he is going to take in the future. One must remember that the story of Yves and his house were always strongly intertwined. His travels and experiences were a big influence on the clothes he created and the way his label was shaped. Nothing less is now the case with Hedi Slimane.
Image: Hedi Slimane