By  on June 2, 2011

Early Wednesday morning, as much of New York woke up to reports about gal-on-tour Sarah Palin sharing a slice of pepperoni pie with Donald Trump, Yves Saint Laurent’s Stefano Pilati was fixated on a completely different kind of combo. He was about to present his resort collection, one in which he would mash up the breezy yachting life in all its striped, nautical glory with the humble poppy flower, the latter a motif pulled from Saint Laurent’s Forties-inspired collection from 1971. “There was a shoe with a poppy on the ankle,” he explains. “I’ve always been kind of obsessed, but I thought I’d never use it for a fashion show. But then I had a book, which had a lot of poppies, and I went to the [Italian] countryside and there were a lot of poppies.”

This story first appeared in the June 2, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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