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TO HAVE AND TO HOLD: Hedi Slimane continues to march to his own drummer.

While retailers had a chance to peruse his cruise collection for Saint Laurent in person during presentations in New York from June 7 to 12, members of the press are getting their first glimpse online. Based on the black-and-white photographs featuring model Sasha Pivovarova and shot by Slimane, the designer has dialed back the grunge factor of his fall ready-to-wear collection to focus on chic basics in a mostly monochrome palette. These include the house’s trademark sheer chiffon blouses, given a masculine edge with black cigarette pants in leather or wool, and teamed with a fitted white blazer or a cropped black jacket with a glittery trim. Thigh-grazing dresses in metallic fabrics were toughened up with statement belts or biker jackets, while evening turned sophisticated with long gowns featuring asymmetric necklines or hems. Heavily sequined jackets, including one in an abstract leopard motif, emphasized the luxe factor.

This story first appeared in the June 25, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Fashion editors will be able to get a closer look at the clothes at a presentation in Paris on July 3.

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