Bringing Back 90’s Fashion: Yves Saint Laurent

While I was working on my Met Gala wishes I found so many major moments from the runways of the 90’s. So while I was trying to come up with things to talk about here on If I Was A Stylist now that events have slowed down I thought why not talk about some of the favorite looks I’ve seen some of those 90’s collections. Today it is all about the archives of Yves Saint Laurent for when the houses namesake was still at the helm. I’ve already shown some of them in my Met Gala and Cannes wishes. I adore the looks I picked from the brands archives so far for Zoe Kravitz to wear for the Met as well as the gowns I picked for Julianne Moore and Amber Valletta. The five looks below are some more moments I would love to see brought out of the archive and given major red carpet fashion moments. It has been years since Diane Kruger last wore anything from Saint Laurent. She actually hasn’t worn a single look from the brand since Heidi Slimane upended the legacy of the brand. But when I was looking at this major red Yves Saint Laurent Spring 1993 Couture strapless tea length gown with a big bow detail I knew that someone like Diane would be needed to make this a major moment. I feel like while this look isn’t an easy look for anyone to pull off I feel like Diane is one of the only people out there who could make this look come to life on a red carpet. A sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a red crystal embellished Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ clutch, a pair of red Gianvito Rossi ‘Glam’ crystal embellished ankle strap satin sandals, and dazzling Cartier High Jewelry white diamond floral cluster earrings with ruby cabochon pendant drops would all ensure that this look SCREAMS dramatic glamour on the red carpet. I was looking at this perfectly tailored red Yves Saint Laurent Spring 1995 Couture long sleeve column gown which features a dramatic plunging neckline and it was easily a favorite look of mine. It just screams sophistication. I imagined Zoe Saldana wearing the look and I was sold. This gown screams elegance and glamour and I definitely think that Zoe would have be able to sell this look to me with effortless ease for an awards event like the SAG Awards or a gala event like amfAR. This sleek and sophisticated gown styled with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, nude glossy lips, a red, black, and white beaded Valentino clutch, a pair of red suede Jimmy Choo ‘Mimi’ strappy sandals, and a statement white diamond and ruby Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry ‘Rivieres’ necklace would definitely have brought this look to life perfectly. Lily Collins has been a friend to Saint Laurent for a while now. I would love to see Lily give us a beautiful archive couture moment from the brand. She loves a princess moment on the red carpet so when I was looking at this hot pink Yves Saint Laurent Spring 1996 Couture strapless ballgown which features a belted waist and a ruched detail on the skirt I thought it would look absolutely beautiful on Lily. It is a super glamorous gown and one I definitely think that Lily has the presence to make this a really glamorous fashion moment especially if styled with a loose romantic updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of hot pink Jimmy Choo ‘Katie’ strappy crustal embellished strappy sandals, and a statement Tiffany & Co. by Jean Schlumberger 18k gold set white diamond, pink rubellite, and turquoise floral collar necklace. When she isn’t living up to her duties as a Dior ambassador Charlize Theron is usually wearing one of the other LVMH labels like Celine, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton. But occasional she betrays the LVMH family and gives us a major Saint Laurent look on the red carpet. She isn’t really one for vintage, but if she was I would have wanted to see her bring this black Yves Saint Laurent Fall 1997 Couture strapless pencil dress with intricate silver floral embellishment down the sides and on on the neckline. The look is glamorous and sexy and that is exactly what Charlize needs to bring to life on the red carpet to have successful fashion moments on the red carpet. It would be elevated even further with a sleek side parted pixie, defined eyes, nude lips, a black and silver Saint Laurent monogram bracelet box bag, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘So Me’ silver spike studded ankle strap sandals, and Messika High Jewelry ‘Wild Mood’ white diamond half wreath earrings. Often times she tries to give us more bohemian looks (especially since Maria Grazia took over the reigns at Dior) and it just doesn’t work. So Charlize I’m imploring you. Please snatch this dress out of the YSL archives and give it a major red carpet moment. The final look I’ve included in these wishes is the only one that didn’t come from the 90’s couture runways. I am definitely about this black velvet column gown from the Yves Saint Laurent Fall 1997 RTW collection which features a rounded plunging neckline, long sleeves, and a red rose detail. It has been a look I would imagine that Anthony Vaccarello has put on his inspiration board for collections over and over again. It delvers a sense of sleek, powerful, and sexy femininity. That is the core of the YSL woman. When I saw this gown in the archive Rosamund Pike immediately came to mind. I believe that this look would make for a major movie premiere, film festival, or awards season red carpet moment. I would let the gown be the center of the look styling it with a sleek updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, black patent leather Saint Laurent ‘Tribute 105’ platform ankle strap sandals, and a pair of glamorous vintage Bulgari white diamond and ruby floral ear clips. It would be the embodiment of strong, sexy, confident glamour from head to toe.

So now tell me which of these five looks would you most want to see on a red carpet? Who else would you like to see wearing them?

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