October 03, 1999
"Yves Saint Laurent is not about the past and it's not about the future. It is eminently contemporary," said Pierre Bergé before the show began. Truer words could not have been spoken. Alber Elbaz created a collection that perfectly captures the fashion moment "designed for a woman who desires traditions with a twist, who thinks big and lives fast." Classic Saint Laurent favorites looked better than ever--tuxedo suits with chiffon shirts, evening dresses brimming with flou français and sexy tops with oversized cowl necks. But there were also sharp new pieces, like a series of semitransparent green, fuchsia, blue and plum suits; hard-edged tan leather dresses; plastic paillette gowns; python overcoats and Amazon-inspired silk shirts with leaf motifs. Clearly, Saint Laurent's strong, gutsy woman is still very much in vogueand, thankfully, it looks like we'll be seeing plenty of her in the future.