If you’re looking for infinity, you’ll find it harnessed on the third floor in Dover Street Market. Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent collection – menswear, womenswear and accessories – is reflected to the hilt in a cabinet of dress-up geometry.
Appropriating techniques and materials from French Art Deco with Bauhaus influence, repetitive vitrines are constructed in poli mirror, brass and extra clear mirror, playing the House code of silver and gold in unison. It’s the ultimate frame for Slimane’s youth quake tailoring, leather jackets, suspended Paris heels and blue jeans, an item Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent had great regard for, quoting, “They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes”. This installation remains equally as potent empty of the ritualistic wardrobe.
It’s not the first time Slimane has exhibited at Rei Kawakubo’s original concept store, however, as the creative showcased his F System furniture project back in 2007, a series of artisan crafted loveseats and tables transposed – and disrupted – from historical silhouettes in stainless steel and ebony.
Mayfair’s the hotspot where the impetus of other eras meets the future, it seems. All those mirrors make sure the romance bounces the right way.