Monday, 5 March 2012

Pilati's Final Collection for Yves Saint Laurent

Stefano Pilati has been Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent since 2004 but today was his final catwalk show for the brand. He was visibly emotional after receiving a standing ovation from the audience which included Catherine Deneuve, Alicia Keys and Katy Perry.

Stefano Pilati after his final show for YSL (

The question to be asked is where will he go next? Could it be Christian Dior? Could he be launching his own label? Whatever it is, I don't think he's leaving the fashion industry any time soon.

Pilati took some time to respect Yves Saint Laurent's heritage before introducing his own statement, a subtle sensuality and extreme elegance where textiles play a pivotal role.  


"My ambition is to produce timeless Prêt-a-Porter, beyond seasons and to follow women's evolution by understanding their needs and desires." Stefano Pilati


Just as Yves Saint Laurent, Pilati played up with gender identity subverting femininity by blending it with masculine details and giving women the freedom to embody whatever role they want.   


Pilati comes from Milan, a city he describes as "exceptionally conservative" and believes in the purest form of love. His romanticism combined with precise tailoring made him one of the most highly acclaimed designers.

"Creativity was the best thing life has given me." Stefano Pilati

His final collection for Yves Saint Laurent was a magnificent homage to the brand, predominantly black with women emerging on the catwalk as powerful creatures. Structured shoulders, metallic dresses and leather jumpers are definitely empowering!  

Will Pilati replace John Galliano? It would definitely be ironic, after all Yves Saint Laurent started his own career at Christian Dior...

(Hedi Slimane, former head of Dior menswear renowned for the label's skinny look, is now the Creative Director for Yves Saint Laurent.)


Other related posts:
Yves Saint Laurent: Life, Love and Art
Dior Couture by Demarchelier
'Birds of Paradise'