There is always a buzz in the fashion world around this time of year. We are suiting up in fall's finest to watch the future stride down the runway at Fashion Weeks the world over. Spring is nowhere in sight other than in the various venues housing the collections of the finest fashion has to offer. In this time of transition it seems only right to focus on one of the most talked about fashion shows of the Spring 2013 season. The highly anticipated first show by Hedi Slimane for Yves Saint Laurent. Stefano Pilati has moved on from the fashion house whose founder is credited with changing the face of fashion in more than one way. From Saint Laurent's original safari look,

to Pilati's sexy sirens,

the brand known also by it's initials YSL has and seemed to be forever the epitome of strong femininity. In turn, Yves Saint Laurent's new appointee for creative director, Hedi Slimane whose last post was with Dior Homme can be given as many accolades with changing the face of men's fashion. His austere aesthetic and razor sharp tailoring had even Karl Lagerfeld trimming his waist to fit into that coveted Dior Homme suit. Yves Saint Laurent is known for exemplary luxury and sexy silhouettes, a far cry from the waif-ish stylings of Mr. Slimane. In the past few years we've seen designers come and go from appointments at design houses that were a seamless fit; Christophe Decarnin leaving Balmain, Raf Simmons departing Jil Sander, and Stefano Pilati taking his leave of YSL. In their absence we have seen the rise of exciting new fashion stars like Olivier Rousteing; however, Hedi is not new and his star rose some time ago in the fashion world. What are we to expect then from a master of men's tailoring at a very feminine house? After a sabbatical from fashion and finding respite in California, it will be interesting to see what Slimane brings to the table. He has already shaken the fashion world to it's core by announcing a name change from Yves Saint Laurent to simply Saint Laurent Paris. Where and how far will Hedi Slimane take Yves Saint Laurent into the future this October?

Guardedly Yours,