If someone showed me Saint Laurent’s Collection without the designer’s name, I’m not sure I’d have believed it. From first glance, it felt very post-apocalyptic grunge. If the models didn’t resemble (almost strikingly so), an early-90s Courtney Love, they definitely conjured images of Blade Runner’s Pris.
The overarching vibe was street punk with a grungy callousness. (Elements of goth in there, even gothic lolita…but overall, the “grunge punk” was loudest.)
Black fishnets were the go to, some torn and running…on purpose…while other girls strut in solid black tears. Why not, anyway, punk was always so unapologetic!
Footwear was devoutly black…
- Adorned in some cases with heavy, matte steel spike collars, O rings, studs, spikes, and polished silver chains.
- Black leather laces with black-coated O rings made for a more severe straight-laced look…
- Silhouettes ranged from ankle boots to three-strapped cuff sandals, and criss-crossed sandals, metal-bedecked, with a frankly hellbent edge.
Got to love it! SO in your face! 😀
Handbags were decidedly punk in fashion, touting haphazard charms, snake and chain pairings, metal spikes, and rogue sprouts of tulle.
There might have been hints of later-80s Madonna too…but I think it “Love” spoke loudly in this one. (I can’t say what the designer was thinking specifically, but it was hard to not go here!)