More than a decade has passed since the last Saint Laurent haute couture show, a formidable display staged in 2002 by the late Yves Saint Laurent himself.
Since then, no one has known for certain if the French fashion house would ever return to couture. But today it announced that creative director Hedi Slimane has spent the past three years of his appointment restoring a 17th-century mansion for an important cause – to house his atelier, for the brand is making a comeback to couture.
Along with the announcement, Saint Laurent also released campaign images shot in Slimane's newly renovated mansion, the Hôtel de Sénecterre, with models donning pieces from the designer's debut haute couture pieces.
The brand has no plans to show at couture week in Paris in the near future, though. It will only create bespoke pieces for selected VIPs, movie stars and musicians – which the atelier will keep a strict record of in a gold monogrammed book. Slimane will also decide which of those exclusive pieces will carry the atelier’s handsewn couture label “Yves Saint Laurent”.
Photos: Saint Laurent
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