Day: May 26, 2021

Saint Laurent’s New Memphis Collab Harnesses the Weird Magic of Italian Design

The new collaboration between Yves Saint Laurent and radical design and architecture collective Memphis Milano seems at first an odd pairing. Launched for Memphis’ 40th anniversary, the partnership—crepe de chine shirts, ceramic and glass vases, ties, ashtrays, fruit bowls, even some denim—purports to tie in Memphis’ clashing maximalism to Saint Laurent’s sometimes body-hugging, always burnished kind of design.

Memphis, which disbanded in 1987 but has seen a major resurgence in recent years among folks who either like big pastel mirrors or hate mid-modern furniture, has always had a foothold in fashion—Missoni and Dior have built off their patterns—but Saint Laurent, known for its skinny black suit, isn’t the first name that would come to mind for a partnership. But while creative director Anthony Vaccarrello’s designs have traditionally been sharp, and uncomplicated, his spring 2021 menswear collection is, as Rachel Tashjian noted, “something else,” a departure from his old

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