This week’s High Fashion, College Wallet pays tribute to Hedi Slimane’s era at Saint Laurent. April 1’s announcement that the designer would be stepping down from his position as creative director was no April Fool’s prank. Slimane consistently brought youth, grit, and glamour to the runway during his four years at the fashion house, and his Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection was no exception. The tiara-bearing models exuded the heroin-chic ethos of the ‘90s. The collection presented looks that appear over-dramatic, yet seem familiar at the same time. The sheer lace slip dresses, heavy leather bomber jackets and Wellington boots are all pieces seen before, but never together and never in such an effortless way. Materials like denim, lace, mesh, leather, sequins and silk mixed and mingled. Based in neutral hues, the subdued palette let the glitter speak for itself. Denim vests, mini skirts and overalls brought a casual tone to the sparkle and shine of the mini-dresses and body skimming gowns. The garments were pieces essential for grunge princesses everywhere.
These daring looks embrace the collection’s worn-in vintage feel while also showcasing its youthfulness. Basic leather jackets, in both biker and bomber style, cover the sheer lace dresses underneath without concealing them. This is a love story between the innocent romantic and the tough badass. The rain boots add a twist that makes one wonder where the girl is headed. Perhaps the boots and tiara fuel the idea of a little girl playing dress-up, eager to jump in rain puddles. The underlying sweetness to these looks and the collection as a whole bolsters the youthful aspect.
Translating these looks from the runway to the streets on a college budget is simple. Depending on your personal preference, free the nipple and go bare like the models, or if you want more coverage, layer a bodysuit under a sheer dress. The lacy black dress is $58, while the shimmering mesh dress is $48, and both can be found on NastyGal.com. Opt for a biker jacket for a straighter silhouette. Topshop carries a white faux leather biker jacket for $90. If an oversized look is more appealing, go for a bomber jacket. The one above is by Levi’s and sells for $50 on NordstromRack.com. Either version of the leather jacket is a closet staple that will hold up to its value. As for boots, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic pair of Wellies. The Chooka pair on the left are $45 from Sears.com and the Tretorn pair on the right are $48 from 6pm.com. This look is sure to be a hit, embracing a youthful edge while showing classmates you are the coolest on campus.
Sophie Fay Shaw is the High Fashion, College Wallet columnist. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.