In the hallowed halls of the fashion pantheon, few names reverberate like that of Saint Laurent. Since its founding by Yves Saint Laurent in 1961, the brand gained renown for its strong, feminine aesthetic and provocative silhouettes. The intervening decades have only added polish and prestige to the house, as it’s managed to stay relevant and fresh while remaining true to its roots. With that in mind, we take a closer look at the tried-and-true codes that have led the storied house to the top of the fashion pack and keep it continually evolving forward. Scroll on for a look at the FW16 collection, then head over to Barneys to make Saint Laurent‘s heritage part of your own story.
1. Black on Black on Black
Central to any edgy wardrobe is that perennial favorite hue: black. Saint Laurent has long embraced the darker side, and for FW16 texture was used to add dimension when it came to layering multiple pieces in the same palette. Mixing velvets, silks, wool, and fur, these standout ensembles are anything but background.
2. A Walk nn The Wild Side
Animal prints have long been a staple for Saint Laurent, but by bringing in new colors—looking at you, red jaguar—and extending the inspiration into exotics, like python-print fabrics and crocodile-embossed leathers, keeps these zoological references feeling fresh and modern.
3. Western Wear Made Wearable
The brand has been jet-setting in recent years, moving its headquarters from Paris to Los Angeles—and ultimately back again. But that West Coast-vibe continues to rear its head, as the fashion House continues to draw inspiration from and reinterpret the idea of westernwear tropes like fringe and embroidery.
4. Lady-Like, Reinvented
It’s not often that you can use the words ‘edgy,’ ‘frilly,’ ‘badass,’ and ‘lace’ all in the same sentence, but over the course of decades Saint Laurent has redefined the concept of feminine dressing. Soft but never saccharine-sweet, hard-edged but not in-your-face, the collection is created with a strong, bold woman in mind.
5. Rock On
The house has many close relationships with musicians and those in the rocker set, having dressed some of the biggest names in the biz. It’s no surprise, then, that these clothes would feel just at home onstage as on the runway.