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As rumors and gossip continue to spread that Hedi Slimane will soon be departing Saint Laurent, the Frenchman took to Los Angeles – a constant source of inspiration for him – to showcase his Fall/Winter 2016 (and possibly final?) collection for the house he so successfully transformed.

The show’s attendees read like a who’s who of Hollywood glitterati – Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and Justin Bieber, to name a few – while the collection itself was a sharp left turn from Slimane’s surf-inspired SS16; the house unveiled a selection of glam-luxe looks heavy in evening wear, with a smattering of women’s looks thrown in for good measure.

Tuxedos and fedoras were accompanied by band jackets, lavish embroideries, fringed detailing and Slimane’s signature thigh-strangling tight jeans. Silk scarves added to the peacocking, likewise the leopard-patterned Chelsea boots you’ll see in slide #11. Not exactly subtle, but then this is Saint Laurent we’re talking about, so what can you expect?

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Words by Alec Leach
Freelance Writer/Editor/Consultant

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin