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Saint Laurent pays tribute to LA at Hollywood show

With Courtney Love in the audience and a performance from Joan Jett, Hedi Slimane’s AW16 menswear show was a musical spectacular

Last night, Hedi Slimane took Saint Laurent on tour, eschewing the house’s traditional slot at the tailend of Paris Men’s Fashion Week in favour of an off-schedule show staged at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Given Slimane’s affinity with LA’s music scene and those pertaining to it, the choice of venue wasn’t a surprising one in some ways – it’s been one of city’s most important concert halls since its constuction in 1940. 

Music was everywhere at the event. For a start, Lady Gaga, Courtney Love, CL, Sky Ferreira, Lenny Kravitz were among musicians sat on the front row. Then there were those on the runway itself, including several of Slimane’s indie model muses such as Staz Lindes (of LA band The Paranoyds), Lida Fox and Lili Sumner. Walking out to the sound of “She’s Gone” by Pypy, this cast modelled a collection that bore all the codes of Saint Laurent under Slimane’s creative direction: whip-thin tailoring, reworked vintage and a strong reference to musical subcultures.

This season, 60s rock ‘n’ roll seemed to be the subculture in mind, with many looks bearing resemblance to Mick Jagger’s style of that era. Slimane has previously cited Jagger as inspiration, describing him as one of his musical heroes in his 2015 interview with Yahoo. “I wanted to do everything to be like them... I felt connected to their allure, aesthetic and style.”

After the show, the music continued with performances from Beck, Joan Jett and other acts including Allah-Las, The Sloths and Cherry Glazerr. Though rumours of Slimane’s departure from Saint Laurent continue to circulate, this show was a testament to the vigour of his vision for the house.