YSL shows its sophisticated side in Paris

With Claudia Schiffer front row, YSL makes a style statement during Paris Fashion Week

Chic, sophisticated and elegant, YSL’s autumn/winter 09 collection, on show in Paris last night, was as refined as it was beautiful.

With the fashion house’s current face, Claudia Schiffer, front row, YSL designer Stefano Pilati sent down the runway a collection of classic separates, sparkling evening dresses and ultra covetable accessories.

Proceedings kicked off with a parade of leather pieces, including jumpsuits, trousers, corsets and hairwraps, which despite the fabric choice, managed to be a world away from the Eighties-inspired leather separates which have popped up in so many other shows over the past few weeks.

From there, the palette hardly strayed from the sultry blacks where it had started, taking in only grey, white and a few pinstriped pieces on its way to the finale.

Boring? Not a bit of it. The lack of colour only highlighted the exquisite attention to detail and the fabulous cut of each garment (and for those hell-bent on adding some colourful YSL pieces to their wardrobe next season, there were always the autumnal-hued accessories).

For the last word in stylish work wear, high-waisted pinstriped skirts and culottes were paired with crisp white shirts, while trousers were cut generously around the hip and thigh, but came in tight at the ankle, all the better to show off the sky-high stiletto pumps and boots the models were wearing.

For evening, a few shimmering cocktail dresses broke up the almost entirely monochrome palette; just the thing for the high-powered YSL woman who wants to stand out in a crowd come winter. Or maybe for YSL’s newest poster girl, Kate Winslet, who after choosing YSL for the Oscars, must surely have the pick of the new collection before anyone.

WATCH THE CATWALK VIDEO HERE

SEE ALL THE RUNWAY PHOTOS HERE

CHECK THE LATEST FRONT ROW CELEB SNAPS HERE

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