Dispatch from Paris: Saint Laurent Unveils “Couture Mansion”

(Yves St Laurent)

There’s been lots of buzz about the collections debuted at Paris Fashion Week, which wraps up today in the City of Light. Designer Hedi Slimane—rumored to be leaving his role as head of Saint Laurent—made headlines with a fabulous collection that was shown at a newly restored 17th century mansion that now serves as Saint Laurent’s headquarters. In Style reports that it’s “a precursor to bringing back an atelier for couture.” Slimane spent a year and a half renovating the Left Bank hotel particulier, which includes marble staircases and crystal chandeliers—much to the surprise and delight of the crowd.

As reported by the AP, “celebrities including David Furnish and Catherine Deneuve were bowled over Monday night as the designer unveiled the previously unannounced restoration.” The ready-to-wear looks were announced by Benedicte de Ginestous, who famously called out the styles between 1977 and 2002, when Yves Saint Laurent himself helmed the maison.

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