The Menswear catwalk season is in
full swing with shows over the weekend in Paris from Louis Vuitton, Hermes and
Yves Saint Laurent under the direction of Italian designer Stefano Pilati.
Pilati has been creating a YSL pret-a-porter
line for a few seasons and has had great success with womenswear but has
slightly struggled with menswear. It’s inevitable that taking on such an
enormous task as taking over a world-renowned brand such as Yves Saint Laurent is
going to be difficult. Over recent years there have been plenty of examples as
world famous designers either retire or pass away, including Coco Chanel and
Christian Dior whose respective collections have been continued and modernised.
Oversizing has been a big theme
in womenswear and Pilati has recreated this look for his menswear line teaming too-big
jackets with tailored trousers for Spring/Summer 2008. There was a strong
metallic influence visible within the collection as well as a few paint
splattered items referencing Pilati’s artistic influences. There was a good
mixture of pale coloured items, including white trousers, and dark blue shades
mainly in the form of light summer suits.