The Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2014 at New York Fashion Week presented a remix of the mid-sixties pop movement in London. The line showcased capes, tweedy coats, lapel blazers, tartan skirts and school girl pleated minis paired with Mary Janes or knee high boots. Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane drew inspiration from artist John Baldessari’s appropriation in art to create a parallel between art and youth culture. While these looks are ready-to-wear, the cost is not as attainable; however, similar looks can be found in places not as detrimental to the college budget.
This look in particular pays homage to the classic school girl, with a tartan skirt, tights, belt, chiffon tie-neck top, coat, and Mary Janes. Yet, it is mature enough to suit any professional arena, as well as stylish and suitable for cold weather.
Recreating a look as chic and simple as this is not at all complex. For the skirt, try Forever 21’s Tartan Pleated Skirt ($16). They can easily be found at stores like HM, Zara, Necessary Clothing and other common retailers. Urban Outfitters also carries a similar skirt in a more muted hue. For the chiffon tie-neck shirt try Mango’s Textured Tie Polka Dot Chiffon Blouse ($41). If you prefer the lighter look, you can try Mango’s Pocket Textured Chiffon Blouse ($30) and add a bow tie ($3-$16, depending on retailer). Amazon offers a large variety of bow ties, while most retailers carry the standard menswear inspired bowtie. You can also look to HM for their Cotton Blouse (24.95). For the coat, try French Connection’s Nico Double Breasted Wool Coat ($69), or find similar options at Nordstrom Rack. For affordable and high quality tights, try HUE cotton tights ($14), which do not snag too easily. The Mary Janes can be found at Urban Outfitters for $14, but the store has an ongoing promotion which permits shoppers to purchase two pairs for only $20.
To complete the look, effortlessly emulate runway model Helen Severin’s make-up and hair from the runway. Even without bangs her hairstyle is attainable, simply use a flat iron and aim for a pin-straight look avoiding too much volume. For those with hair of a thicker or curlier variety, a ballerina bun would also suit the look. As for makeup, the heavier the eye makeup, the better; the goal is to attempt a subtle raccoon eye. Besides that, try not to use any blush or too much color on the lips. No professional makeup artist or stylist is needed to recreate this modern Saint Laurent look.
Khaleelah Logan is a staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.