Part II of Saint Laurent’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection, entitled, The Collection of Paris, took the runway at the Hotel de Senecterre in Paris this evening with rumors swirling intensely that this is to be creative director Hedi Slimane’s last with the storied Parisian house. You may recall that Part I was staged in Los Angeles last month, where Slimane has resided since he partially relocated the house's design studio several years ago. Particularly interesting is the fact that it is not ready-to-wear that is being staged but couture and the house has reportedly banned social media usage during the show, which will be devoid of music.
Maybe the greatest takeaway from the show, however, was Women's Wear Daily's review by Bridget Foley, which closed with the following: "But mostly, Slimane explored a single period-piece item — the cocktail shaker — in all its shortest, tightest, tackiest glory, with a subtext. Make that two subtexts. Which pop star will get first dibs for a music video? Answer: Unknown. And just how silly can a shoulder treatment get? Answer: Pretty silly. If parody, it was just plain rude. If Slimane was serious, this is reason number 731 why the show system needs an overhaul."