Quoth myboyfriendStefanoPilati, according to Style.com, "I have to reflect the times, and this really is my mood." It appears to be a sober mood, but certainly not one of despair, despite the nearly uniform black and charcoal gray color scheme.
He started with leathers.
There were some interesting treatments to a few of the leather pieces, like this one
I will admit, some of the leather may have been a bit far-fetched...
But I can forgive him for those little wacky missteps because then he brought on the tailoring!!
More timeless tailoring:
What's more romantic and dashing than a good, military-style cape?
But that's okay, because he made up for it with a raft of white blouses that nearly made me cry.
DYING, I tell you.
There were a number of things in this collection that caused me to make whimpering noises.
There isn't a lot of intellectualization necessary about this show. It is, very simply, a gorgeous collection of elegant, timeless, beautifully-designed and -made clothes that any woman would be lucky to have in her closet. Perhaps my favorite thing about these clothes is that they show Stefano Pilati is respectful of the women he dresses. He is not imposing a vision on them right now, not at a time when many people don't have as much money to spend as they did a year ago, and when even the ones who do may not want to advertise that. This is not the time, he rightly gathers, for flights of fancy that will advance his own fashion agenda. He's going to make us well-dressed and elegant in the extreme, and that is enough.
The other thing these clothes tell you about Pilati is that, in his head, the woman who wears YSL is an adult. She is clear-headed and strong, and doesn't need the refuge of a fantasy world or a time machine to make her feel better -- her inner resources and a really good jacket will get her through. That's the thing about these clothes that most makes me want to wear them -- the confidence they exude.
For my money, no one working today has a better grasp on the fine line separating "fashion" and "reality" than Stefano Pilati. A woman does not get lost in his clothes, she is amplified by them. They are simultaneously impeccable and sexy in that way that most of us instinctively perceive as "Parisian." Yves Saint Laurent, a man who adored the women he dressed, must look down from Fashion Heaven and be very pleased indeed.