Friday, 7 October 2016

THE SAINT LAURENT HEART COAT: A LOVE STORY



Erica Pelosini at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images
Erica Pelosini at Milan Fashion Week.
Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images
When Hedi Slimane presented his final collection for Saint Laurent earlier this year, it was divided across two continents, the first being a Los Angeles-based soirée, dubbed "Part 1," studded with so many celebrities that the rumors surrounding his then-unconfirmed departure fell by the wayside.


The second edition, aptly titled "Part 2," was presented during Paris Fashion Week last March within the brand's beautifully refurbished couture atelier. The exclusive runway show for fall 2016 meant to symbolize his "love letter" to Paris. And what better way to show that than have the collection's final look feature a heart-shaped cape made of red fox fur? By April, Slimane was officially out from the French fashion house.


he furry heart's debut at the Saint Laurent "Part 2" fall 2016 show during Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Francois Durand/Getty Images
The furry heart's debut at the Saint Laurent "Part 2" fall 2016 show during Paris Fashion Week.
 Photo: Francois Durand/Getty Images


Showgoers followed a strict no-phones policy in Paris, so the furry emoji-like outerwear piece didn't garner too much buzz on social media. Afterwards, however, was a different story. In May, W Magazine debuted the coveted coat on its June/July cover, titled "Summer of Love" and starring "heart-stopper" Cara Delevingne.


Cara Delevingne on W Magazine's June/July 2016 cover. Photo: Mario Sorrenti
Cara Delevingne on W Magazine's June/July 2016 cover.
 Photo: Mario Sorrenti

By September, the coat made another appearance, this time, and fittingly, on Rihanna in New York City. She wore the statement outfit as she partied for her friend's birthday until the early morning — and then ended up feeding birds in the street. Around that time, Rihanna was also stuck in her own love story involving Drake and a few sharks. Google it.

Rihanna in New York City. Photo: Robert Kamau
Rihanna in New York City.
 Photo: Robert Kamau



During the most recent fashion month, the Saint Laurent item made the rounds for some prime street style moments. In Milan, blogger Erica Pelosini was the lucky wearer, and in an interview with Yahoo, the reason behind her garment of choice was because she was in love — aw! — with her dog, a golden retriever pup named Cashmere who sometimes sits front row at fashion week. 


Erica Pelosini at Milan Fashion Week. Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images
Erica Pelosini at Milan Fashion Week.
Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Oddly enough, Pelosini is anti-fur. "But this coat was a gift, and since it arrived in my closet, I can't not wear it," she told Yahoo. "But I hope they make new ones with fake fur. We should all wear fake fur." Here's to hoping.

Anna Dello Russo at the Emporio Armani spring 2017 show during Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Anna Dello Russo at the Emporio Armani spring 2017 show during Paris Fashion Week.
Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images


During Paris Fashion Week, peacockery professional Anna Dello Russo one-up'ed Pelosini's look with no pants and a Taylor Swift-inspired hand gesture to symbolize, you guessed it, a heart. Love! (Though from this angle it's more of like a dented loaf of bread but I digress.)

Also in Paris, Eva Chen made her way to a YSL store to give the coat a try, which rings in at $15,000. It's a pretty adorable moment for Chen, especially with her little baby bump — which, by the way, that bundle of joy has probably worn more designer-name clothing while still in the womb than I have while on planet Earth.



And finally, Kendall Jenner took to social media on Thursday, immediately catching everyone's attention because the Kardashian-Jenner sisters have been somewhat silent since Kim's robbery in Paris. So what better way to pop in and say "hello" to the internet than with THE heart-shaped coat?! "Low key look," wrote Jenner. Heh.


The celebrity model has a thing for the lovely shape already: One of her most-liked photos is a picture of her hair made up into a string of hearts. Currently that photo, now 71 weeks old, boasts 3.6 million likes. The one you see above is clocking in a cool 2.2 million hearts so far.

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