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Saint Laurent to show AW16 in LA during week of music Grammys

Lauretta Roberts
13 January 2016

Saint Laurent will present its AW16 men's and women's shows at the Hollywood Palladium on 10 February during the week of the 58th Grammy Music Awards as a tribute to Los Angeles' music heritage. The move also marks 10 years since the establishment of creative director Hedi Slimane's "Diary", a photography blog which documents emerging music.

The Paris house will still show its women's "Part 2" autumn collection during Paris Fashion Week on 7 March. However a show in Los Angeles is a natural move for Slimane how has a studio in the city. Some critics of Slimane have questioned his decision to work for the Paris house from an LA base but the brand has pointed out that its founder Yves Saint Laurent often chose to base himself at his studio in Marrakesh, which inspired much of his work.

Music has proved a consistent inspiration for Slimane who has referenced the grunge movement heavily in his collections. Former Hole frontwoman and ex-wife of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love was the muse for his SS16 collection. As a result the "grunge princess" tiara is expected to be one of the hottest accessories of the summer, in particular at music festivals.

The SS16 "Grunge Princess"

The SS16 "Grunge Princess"

The Hollywood Palladium is a significant venue and, since its opening in 1940, has hosted names such as Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Prince.

Slimane is a photographer by background but made his name in fashion in menswear, first as ready-to-wear director for men's at Yves Saint Laurent, then as creative director of Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007, where he pioneered the slim silhouette, which has been highly influential in menswear. He returned to Yves Saint Laurent as creative director in March 2012 and subsequently dropped the "Yves" from the brand's name.

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