As if being the creative head of a powerhouse like Yves Saint Laurent isn’t challenging enough, Stefano Pilati has had to deal with the stress of industry insiders gossiping about his looming dismissal, unfoundedly according to YSL executives. Thankfully, Pilati gave the rumor mill a reason to stay mum, at least for the near future, with his Spring 2012 collection.
Arguably the most buzzed about aspect of this season’s YSL collection were the to-die-for shoes (Oversized rhinestones! Metal toes! Louis XVI-style loafers with gold metal plates! Textured heels! Blocked platforms!) which will give Tribute-loving gals a slew of new styles to splurge on. The shoes complemented a clean-lined, structured collection of jewel and neutral tones. Along with the house's signature colors were classic ruffle touches on the hems of skirts and sleeves of tops, monochrome scarf tops, tailored-to-perfection cigarette pants, voluminous stiff jackets, and gorgeous printed silks. The sex appeal was amped up for eveningwear, which included plunging necklines and bare backs, all of which were complemented by hair that was beautifully pinned-up with a gold metal clip.