Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gucci SS 2011 vs YSL

When this collection first showed, it struck me as extremely Saint Laurent.
Gucci SS 2011 vs YSL
One of Saint Laurent's hallmarks was his vivid color blocking. Jil Sander even got in on the Saint Laurent-esque color blocking this season. Not only in color, but some of the silhouettes I associate with Saint Laurent. Into the Fashion picked up on Gucci's heavy YSL references too.

Gucci SS 2011 vs YSL
Safari was another famous YSL moment. Here we see Saint Laurent with his famous muses: Betty Catroux and LouLou de la Falaise at the far left and the iconic Veruschka photo at far right.

Gucci SS 2011 vs YSL
For evening, Gucci rolled out Saint Laurent/Africa party dresses and of course his most iconic fashion contribution: Le Smoking.

ph:style.com, YSL Retrospective, ???, Fondation Pierre Berge/YSL

8 comments:

  1. SS'11 was highly YSL influenced, which I loved. That Jil Sander collection has to be one of my favourites for the label to date!
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  2. I'd love the safari collection colors on the color block silhouettes - that'd be perfect!

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  3. what is it they say about originality, that its the art of concealing ones sources?
    but its an interesting topic, since its almost the case that its very difficult to be completely original, especially in this day & age, so is the art really in putting the labels aesthetic on historical references? i did think the jill sander collection was more successful in this respect, since it felt fresher & had very much a "jil sander" viewpoint as well, if that makes sense.

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  4. I so agree gucci this spring is very saint laurent....I always feel that so many designers are influenced by yves!....whether they know it or not. the safari look is so classic....I remember when tom ford did a safari-like collection at yves saint laurent I think in 2003. I still am obsessing over those tan kaftans....so brilliant.

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  5. Very YSL! These pictures are making me LONG. The details are what grab me the most, like the wide belt in the Safari range. Or that dashing V in the color blocking.

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  6. This is very interesting, I am not familiar with the older collections but I did guess that this trend had existed before on the catwalk.
    When I first saw the Gucci collection, I really didn't like it but now all the colours are really growing on me. Then I saw pictures of Camilla Belle wearing the whole second outfit, I thought it was so disappointing. I understand that gowns and dresses will be identical to the one on the catwalk, but why would you wear a whole outfit with a jacket, trousers, top, belt and shoes directly from the catwalk? Where was her own inspiration and sense of style? Sorry for ranting:D The picture just made me so annoyed, probably shouldn't but I thought it was just lame.

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  7. i am intrigued by the revival of Gucci in the tom ford years - it's all retrospective for me as all of that was going on while i was blissfully too young to be aware of it. i still don't really have a super strong 'look' in mind when i think of Gucci in the same way that i do for YSL or Chanel, etc. now i want to flip through a bunch of vintage Vogues...

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  8. I love the top row, particularly the last two. Very YSL circa 80-82.

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