As Paris Fashion Week rolls on, we take a look at the surf-inspired Spring/Summer 2016 collection from Saint Laurent.
Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent returned to Paris to unveil yet another collection riffing on bygone subcultures. Much has been made of Slimane's radical - and commercially successful - reinvigorating of the Saint Laurent label, and for the Spring/Summer 2016 season the Frenchman cast a crew of West Coast youths who paraded down the catwalk decked out in a collection dubbed "A Tribute to Contemporary Californian Surf Music Culture." No prizes for guessing what the line's main source of influence was, then.
A thrift store streak ran throughout the majority of the looks, as haggered outerwear pieces were carelessly styled with patterned scarves, flannels and ripped jeans - with Kurt Cobain-style bug eyed sunglasses completing the disheveled aesthetic.
A kaleidoscopic collision of colors and patterns, the collections' pieces played host to violently clashing leopard print, tie-dye, floral and tropical prints - a big departure from the brooding all-black chic of Slimane's Fall/Winter 2015 show.
While Slimane's grungy riff on surf culture may feel out of step with Saint Laurent's typical fare, the man has an extraordinary knack for translating artistic vision into commercial success - the house's sales skyrocketed an unbelievable 27% last year - and it's unlikely this new direction will change any of that.