The phrase same same but different has never applied more so to Saint Laurent's ready-to-wear mens Fall 2016 show. Held at The Palladium in Hollywood, Hedi Slimane introduced the new season with his signature embellished jackets, flat rimmed fedoras and fitted blazers. But this time round, the French designer introduced more variety to the brand, instead of his signature surfer meets Courtney Love at Coachella theme, Slimane celebrated the City of Angeles and his love for the subcultures of youth in a different direction.
Hosting a questionable audience with the likes of Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres and Sam Smith, the obligatory guests of The Kravitz family, Courtney Love and Joan Jett attended the show. Set up with guests sat around the perimeter with moving light arches that were suspended from the ceiling, the show was an ode to the late and great, David Bowie with a model striking resemblance to the singer, who opened the Fall 16 show. The music theme continued with embroidered musical notes on the back of suede jackets, brining reference to a 1982 YSL piece. Although this season isn't much different from every other collection that Slimane has done since his helm at Saint Laurent, there are some distinctions that will probably make this collection the best selling. The revisit to the 60's androgynous glam era was vital, however, more variety was seen this season to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rive Gauche collection, hence why there was more embellished evening wear this time round.
Slimane came out in a rare appearance to a standing ovation, questioning if this really was his last show for Saint Laurent. Kering chief Francois-Henri Pinault tempered rumors of Hedi Slimane’s departure by stating, “We’re discussing, we have time till the end of March, no rush. Tonight is about celebrating the brand, celebrating Hedi, celebrating L.A., the music, all that. Nothing else.”