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Paris Fashion Week: At Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati strikes back

March 8, 2011 | 10:17 am


Dogged by rumors for months now that he is on his way out at Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati showed a stellar fall collection that should quiet the naysayers -- at least for now.


The clothes were wearable, but they also had attitude, beginning with pieces in Prince of Wales check, including a new, longer-length, double-breasted blazer, a baseball jacket with knit insets and skirts with flyaway pleats.


Pilati echoed the 1960s sentiment that's been blowing across the runways this season with low-belted jumpers trimmed in perforated leather.


But the white evening looks with gold chain link details, on the other hand, had the kind of born-in-Hollywood glamour that is timeless. A white halter gown with skinny gold chain straps was stunningly sexy, and an oversize feather chubby, worn over white flared pants, pure hedonistic fun.


Pilati also scored in the accessories department, showing boots and kiltie loafers with wedge soles for day, and strappy gold sandals with wedge soles for evening. The ones studded with colored cabochon stones may just be the best runway shoes of the season.

--Booth Moore in Paris


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Photos: Looks from the Yves Saint Laurent fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times