It was all about red, white and blue at Yves Saint Laurent's Resort 2012 show, with a little gold and black thrown in for good measure. Designer Stefano Pilati showed his summery cruise collection in a chic space atop a midtown Manhattan skyscraper as the fashion elite, including Vogue's Hamish Bowles and editors from Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire and Elle, as well as YSL fan and "The Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow, watched.
The collection was a jaunty, if a bit heavy-handed, trip to the seaside, with navy stripes, crisp cotton, vivid crimson leather and a few ship anchors popping up here and there (as a print on shorts, for example). Although the theme and color scheme was limited, the variety of silhouettes weren't, spanning trim day looks, like a slim red trench accented with gold buttons, and flowing dresses with subtle floral prints that were perfect for a night on the beach.
Some of the looks were quite buttoned-up (unsurprising from Mr. Pilati), but I adored most the swingy striped trapeze dress donned by none other than model-of-the-moment Lindsey Wixson, which was paired with a tangle of beads and flowers around her neck. As the temperature rises, it's that kind of easy, breezy summer fashion we're looking for.