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We asked Riccardi Boston’s creative director, Joseph Morrissey, to give his perspective on the 2011 YSL for Atelier collection.

YSL and Atelier have teamed up again to offer similar styles to the first capsule collection they debuted last year. Obvious success from the first project has dictated a similar aesthetic prone to long proportions, cinched waists and uniformed blacks.

With fabrics switching between fine cashmere, wool, and nylon/silk, it is unnecessary to denote a season to these classic shapes and textures that arrive in store for the pre-Autumn delivery. The creatives of Atelier are honoring their customer with a celebration of their influence in menswear by offering a great line of luxurious basics. While its not a huge departure from the past, it is more interesting then the YSL mainline for Autumn/Winter 2011.

Read and see more of the forthcoming YSL for Atelier collection after the click.

Atelier is, to some, the foremost authority on all things relevant to avant-garde menswear. They are one of the few stores that promote a lifestyle with tastefuly curates oddities worn by only the most confident consumers. The first time they teamed up with YSL for a collection, specifically designed for their customers by Stefan Pilati, the world shook.

This time it is just a subtle quake. I find the collection to be little more then a re-issue of the previous offerings. While this is more then adequate for a capsule collection, some say that Atelier is taming their ways and reshaping their men to be less adventurous. They offer the same cashmere jumpsuit, similar pin closure cardigan, familiar zip-thru cape and identical shrunken tuxedo jacket.

Nevertheless, the pieces are still excellent, the shapes can be even considered classic in a store where you feel odd for not owning two or three man-skirts. So if you missed out on the first run of YSL x Atelier you can find it in there store now. If you were eagerly awaiting new concepts shop the first and only Haider Ackermann men’s collection (also at Atelier).

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