Saint Laurent, Dior, and Daniel Boone

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on… —Omar Khayyam

Time in its endless march moves only forward, or does it?

So YSL is now Saint Laurent, and Hedi Slimane’s first collection for the label is a done deal. I’ll admit, I was a bit huffed at the audacity of the name/logo change, but ultimately nothing is constant but change. Yet I thought this collection was very much in keeping with the spirit of YSL, with a few modern touches.  

Having read Lisa’s post yesterday about how to look at fashion week coverage without losing your mind, I decided to flip through the slideshow of the Saint Laurent spring collection and do a quick read of the entrails to see what might be on my style radar come Spring. Or next week.

Everything old is new again.

The first thing that jumped out at me was the fringed suede jacket. I actually had one of these as a child in the 60’s, made popular by the Daniel Boone TV series.

Fess Parker as Daniel Boone
Ralph Lauren
Looks as though Ralph may have gotten there first. I do think the Saint Laurent version is sleeker though.

I’m also liking the touch of metallic in the slouchy sweaters, top picture and above. It’s one of the more modern looks (to my eye, anyway) and a simple, sophisticated piece that can dress up a pair of jeans in a pinch. I’ll keep my eye out for options as holiday collections start to come in.

Saint Laurent runway pictures from

In other news…for the second time in a week I’m eating my words, or as Wendy says, “never is the next new thing.”

“Foundation, you are dead to me,” or something like that, those words went. But then on the insistence of the Sales Associate, a sample of this came home with me from the Dior counter at Nordstrom…

Diorskin NUDE foundation…
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life At Last I’ve Found You.
Not only did they have a shade that matched my skin tone exactly, but this is the first foundation I’ve tried in ages that doesn’t settle into my pores and doesn’t turn orange over time. It goes on very sheer, but smooths and evens out tone. I use my MAC foundation brush to apply. I think we’re going to be very happy together. 

Maybe I shouldn’t give up on that perfect shade of red lipstick either…

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  1. October 3, 2012 / 12:29 pm

    Never EVER give up on red lipstick!

    As a kid, I wanted a coonskin hat and a fringed jacket BAD.

  2. October 3, 2012 / 12:34 pm

    I had the jacket too! But never the hat. Agree about the touch of metallics – they’ll be great for us femmes of c.a.

    Wendy’s trademarked motto is getting a lot of use over at my house too : >

  3. October 3, 2012 / 12:59 pm

    The perfect foundation is the most difficult product to find, isn’t it? And, the comparison of the fringes is great. I must admit I thought the floppy hats, etc. on the runway were just too too close to the 60’s-70’s for me. Looks like they copied the worst of the era and ran with it. I loved Lisa’s post too. Big hug…

  4. October 3, 2012 / 1:28 pm

    Why thank you Pseu! I’m honored that you took note of my post on fashion shows. I love the idea of you in fringe. With black tee, black ponte pants, and some pointy ballet flats? A black patterned scarf at the neck?

  5. October 3, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    Sleeveless dresses in winter and leather pants for spring and summer. Leather pants are hot! These certainly have a short wearing time in a lot of places in the spring.

  6. October 3, 2012 / 2:16 pm

    I think the YSL show looked fab – though I heard Hedi Slimane upset a few prominent journalists. Tsk, tsk.

  7. October 3, 2012 / 3:02 pm

    Oh I had a cowgirl hat with a red whistle on the chin strap…
    no fringed jackets are planned for my future but as you say never say never!

    Got to love a fabulous foundation that works.
    Giddy up Pseu!

  8. October 3, 2012 / 4:59 pm

    You’ve reminded me of the fringed suede jacket my husband occasionally sported the year we met. With foresight we would have saved that, at least for the kids’ dress-up box. The Saint Laurent iteration above would deserve no such fate — it’s very sleek, gorgeous!

    I saw a number of metallic sweaters this weekend, but resisted (for now) trying any on. I’m especially drawn to the ones that soften a dark brown or black with either copper or gold. From what I spotted, the challenge will be finding one that’s slouchy enough, but not too — and that’s the right length. Still regret finally letting go, 5 or 6 years ago, of a metallic knit v-neck tunic I wore through the 90s . . .

  9. October 3, 2012 / 6:32 pm

    Think I’ll pass on the fringed jacket – but maybe a handbag with fringe – low cost one – as a nod to the trend. Also looking for a great red lipstick – have a makeover planned in November – so maybe will find it!

    Went to a cocktail party last Saturday and pulled out my old EF black/silver metallic tank to go with my black jeans and jacket. Glad to know I was on trend 😉

  10. Paula
    October 3, 2012 / 12:47 pm

    Congratulations to the finally-matching-foundation of yours! I know exactly what you are referring to – the pores, the orangey …
    You are so right, the MAC foundation brush is really helpful. Many of my brushes were a waste of money (my fingers can do the same job and even better than the brush=. But when it comes to foundation, a brush is king/queen!

  11. Amber of Butane Anvil
    October 3, 2012 / 1:10 pm

    Those hats are wonderful – hoping we’ll see a return to hats in a big way. Congrats on finding foundation that works!

  12. Pam @ over50feeling40
    October 3, 2012 / 1:52 pm

    I hate to generalize, but I think EVERYONE born and bred in Texas had the fringe jacket and perhaps still do. You see them everywhere at rodeo time in the big cities here. My boys wore coon skin caps…we do live in Alamo City you know! We still love our fringe and always will. Excellent post, Pseu!!
    (I also love those large hats…cool)

  13. Kathy Leeds
    October 3, 2012 / 2:34 pm

    I don’t think I’ll be wearing any fringe suede jackets. I too, as a child had a lot of western gear, including a coonskin hat. Glad you found a foundation you like. I did too – Armani, which works well on my skin.

  14. Lynne DeVenny
    October 3, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    Oh, how I long for the perfect shade of red lipstick!

    I scored a little black and gray sweater jacket at jcp this weekend. It has just a tad of metallic in it, which is pretty cool.

  15. sisty
    October 3, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    Yes, there’s spat between the NYTimes fashion writer Cathy Horyn and the designer Hedi Slimane. Horyn dissed Slimane eight years ago. Slimane did not invite her to the show this year. Horyn gave this show a bad review (based on internet viewing only). Horyn concluded that the clothes were just a repeat of the boho seventies, without any modernization. I tend to agree with her — I found a lot of the clothes on the costumey side.

    Red lipstick doesn’t work for me, as my lips are getting thinner, but I wouldn’t rule it out for everyone of a certain age.

  16. October 3, 2012 / 11:36 pm

    The fringe I will pass on but the foundation I will try. Not going orange on me would be a miracle!!

  17. Someone
    October 3, 2012 / 6:09 pm

    Call me a fashion cynic, even though I love great style.

    Everything old is ALWAYS new again because fashion simply no longer makes any sense. It has less and less of a connection to the times we live in; fashion has been unhooked from cultural relevance since the end of the 90s and is now as arbitrary as ever. “Designers” just recycle the past over and over, being sure to cover a list of whatever was big in whichever past era has been chosen as “in.” It’s sad, but they can still sell it, so that’s what we’ll get.

    Fortunately, we can all still compose fabulous looks using our own sense of style!

  18. Kathysue
    October 3, 2012 / 7:24 pm

    I will have to check out the Dior foundation next time I run out of mine. I have been using Chanel and love it, have you tried it? As far as the perfect red lipstick with my coloring blonde, green eyes, they are all to harsh for me. I do better with red glosses to brighten up my lips. Dior makes a good one!! Kathysue

  19. October 4, 2012 / 4:00 am

    Daniel Boone… You cracked me up!

    I like that metallic slouchy sweater too. Looks very wearable for many sizes / shapes, with a nice skinny pant.

  20. Anonymous
    October 4, 2012 / 4:25 am

    Love the clothes but can’t stand looking at the anorexic models. They used to be skinny; now they’re bony. Living clothes hangers…. the slouchy sweater w/ metallic thread thing was big in the mid- to late-80s.

  21. Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell
    October 3, 2012 / 10:46 pm

    Oh, I forgot that I have a fringed suede jacket! I’ll have to get it out and wear it this fall.

    Have you tried the new Armani Maestro foundation? I love it! It is exactly what I have tried to find for so many years. It makes my skin look better than any other ever has.

  22. mette
    October 4, 2012 / 5:06 am

    So where is Stefano Pilati now?
    Not liking to be dressed ” trendy “, my coats have always been oversized. Metallics in clothing – for the evening, for those who like them.
    Foundation – I use one seldom, still have my Chanel, which is ok. I wish to get along with as little makeup stuff as possible, don´t even have an eyeshadow.

  23. October 5, 2012 / 1:00 am

    I’m getting a 1978 flashback here, or maybe that’s a hot flash… Can’t really say. But I like this look. I’m keeping my eye out for a vintage fringe jacket.

  24. October 7, 2012 / 9:42 pm

    Without the superskinny jeans and heels, women twice the age of the model are going to look a bit desperate in a fringed Western jacket unless they go all out ranch and pair it with jeans and boots… I am guessing you could buy a weekend at a dude ranch for the price of that piece and a cheaper version will not be so supple and pleasing.

    I want a really dashing pea coat.

  25. Anonymous
    October 8, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    While traveling in my 20s I had a fling with a German who told me he’d been obsessed as a child with the American West and “red Indians,” and still longed for a fringed jacket. When I got home I found one in a thrift store, and sent it to him. He was over the moon.

    I love the look of the St. Laurent jacket with those skinny leather pants, but none of it would do for me. I’ll be watching, though, and hoping to see it on some tawny-haired, coltish young woman about town…


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