Underwhelming debut for Yves Saint Laurent's new designer Hedi Slimane

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Underwhelming debut for Yves Saint Laurent's new designer Hedi Slimane

PARIS - When fashion editors put down their pens halfway through a catwalk show, it's always cause for concern.

This was the case at Hedi Slimane's disappointing debut at Yves Saint Laurent — a rather confused ode to excess that used fringing, leather, lacing, feathers, sequins, pendants, skinny menswear tailoring, baggy pants, capes, pendants and almost everything under the sun.

Monday's spring-summer 2013 show had a gaucho feel and was served in unflattering, floppy Stetson hats — that sometimes blocked out the models' faces.

The pressure on the former Dior Homme designer Slimane — who was appointed in March — must have been huge.

World media have pitted Slimane in a battle of designers against Christian Dior's new man, Raf Simons, who was appointed a month later.

Here Slimane tried to impress with the no-holds-barred approach — but it may have given the upper hand to his rival.

Organizations: Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior

Geographic location: PARIS

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