Hedi Slimane continues to indulge his rock ’n’ roll fantasies on the Saint Laurent runway; this season a psychedelic romp that included one model that was a dead ringer for Jimi Hendrix — and another for Lord Farquaad.
Parading his spring men’s collection on the same night as Glastonbury was drawing to a close, it was plain the French designer is targeting the young festival crowd with his high-fashion take on the Summer of Love. Blanket ponchos and macramé capes glistened with metallic threads and embedded crystals. Velvet blousons bloomed with sparkling star burst embroideries. Jean jackets came edged in metallic studs.
Everything was pinned on the tightest black jeans imaginable, giving his hunched models an aspect of Tim Burton animations with their licorice-thin legs.
Slimane seemed energized by the hippie theme, decorating leather and suede jackets with fringe; blazers with military braiding; a linen caftan with gold filigree, and a camouflage jacket with golden tassels.
He accessorized looks to the hilt with gaucho hats, metallic cowboy boots and fringed necklaces — and completed the Haight-Ashbury scene with a handful of women’s looks.
Patchwork prairie skirts, tapestry jackets and a sheepskin-edged vest were among the best things yet shown by Slimane, the merchandising wizard behind Saint Laurent’s sales momentum, up 27.1 percent in the first quarter. As Janis Joplin sang, “Get It While You Can.”