Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Saint Laurent

Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Saint Laurent

Surf sound

Text: Norman Tan

Hedi Slimane recasts his signature rock aesthetic into the context of SoCal surfing culture. Cue: Bleached long hair and palm trees

Long hair, don't care. If there was one take home point from Hedi Slimane's latest menswear collection, it was this: Grow out your locks. Just like how a short haircut with a neat side-part is synonymous with three-piecers and the gentry, long unkept hair rustled under a knit beanie conjures up the punk rockers and dishevelled Millenials that Slimane has been so set on targetting since he joined the house in 2012.

But it's been this laser-like focus that has transformed Saint Laurent... from just another luxury maison, into a luxury maison with relevance. The stovepipe trousers, leather moto jackets and rock aesthetic that we have come to know and love from Slimane returned to the runway for spring 2016, but recast in the context of SoCal surf culture. Key pieces: Mind-blowingly intricate sequinned bomber jackets and blousons embellished with sunset palms and heady neon hues.

Our favourite grunge-inspired look was the... Harrington jacket decorated with a  wrap-around print of the moon landing (complete with the American flag rammed into the lunar surface) accessorised with red shades, layered necklaces, and silver leather hi-tops to tie in the astronaut reference. Killer.

And for the ladies... we had our eyes on the gold sequinned smock-dress with scalloped lapels fastened with a black bow (a Saint Laurent signature) and anchored with black lace-up boots worn with lace-fringed socks. 

Stepped out in time to... the Swimmers' Like Harry Dean Stanton — an original track recorded in California just earlier this month for Saint Laurent — it was a strong ending to Paris men's fashion week; made even more memorable when the final walk was accompanied with a glitter bomb of YSL-shaped silver cutouts. Rock on.

To see the full collection, click on the slideshow below.

To see all our coverage of Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16, click here.