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Monday Muse: Saint Laurent’s California Swan Song

Front row at Saint Laurent Menswear fall 2016

We know now that Anthony Vaccarello, he of thigh-high slits, barely there dresses and plenty of skin, will be taking the helm at Saint Laurent now that Hedi Slimane has retired from the storied French brand. But before his final bow during Paris Fashion Week, Slimane took the time out to showcase Saint Laurent’s menswear collection €” with a few choice women’s picks, too €” out here in our own fair city. And in classic Slimane style, the designer took over the historic Palladium for a concert-cum-fashion show that brought out just about every celebrity in Los Angeles.

Saint Laurent mens fall 2016

At the time, few knew that it was going to Slimane’s final menswear show, though rumors fly at the end of just about every season when it comes to fashion’s game of designer musical chairs. To wit, he showed a collection of rock ‘n’ roll suits, had plenty of Bowie influences and gave fans of the brand plenty to add to their growing wish lists. The girls didn’t play second fiddle to the men, however, stomping down the runway in brand-new looks that brought a focus to a midi length, micro floral prints and plenty of glam thanks to fur pieces and bold, wide belts cinching the waist. A closer look at those blooms showed that they were inspired by the Marquis de Sade’s erotic writings.

Who was on hand to witness it all? Lady Gaga, Joan Jett, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Sylvester Stallone, Kate Hudson, Lenny Kravitz and daughter Zo«, Lisa Bonet, Jessica Alba, Pamela Anderson, Alexa Chung, and more.

Justin Beiber was skateboarding around the venue before the show, too, if that indicates just how far from Parisian salons this experience was.

Saint Laurent mens fall 2016

But back to the clothes: skinny suiting was in, so skinny, in fact, that we could barely differentiate the men from the women (especially when guys were wearing pussy-bow blouses). In today’s world of androgynous fashion, it wasn’t completely out of left field. Three-piece suits, wide hats and embroidery in the shape of music notes were all featured on the men, in addition to retro looking wayfarer shades and heeled boots €” a signature that we’re not sure will translate into the Vaccarello era of YSL.

Saint Laurent mens fall 2016

Slimane has been criticized for a laser focus on a specific type of clientele. And the collections that she showed for the house of Saint Laurent never veered too far from the ultra-thin bohemian L.A. babe and her teddy boy paramour. This collection was no different, though the guys did get a dose of glam rock with velvet, satin and plenty of formalwear-influenced detailing.

It was Slimane going out on a high note, after all the critiques he faced for moving YSL away from Paris and towards the sunny shores of L.A. But he proved that fashion would follow him to our shores. And this show proved it.

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Pour Some Sugar On Me: The Quest For Candy at Dylan Lauren’s Book Launch Party

Dylan Lauren at the Los Angeles launch party for her new book, “Unwrap Your Sweet Life”

Call us crazy, but when we arrived at the Ralph Lauren store on Robertson Tuesday night for the launch party to fete the release of  €œUnwrap Your Sweet Life,€ the book penned by Dylan€™s Candy Bar founder Dylan Lauren, we €” naturally €” couldn€™t wait to get our sticky paws on some candy.

And so our quest began…

8:15 (The party was from 7-9 pm.) There seems to be nary a piece of candy left for the munching, licking or chomping, save for the fantastical Willy Wonka-esque displays. How could this be?

Lucky for us, there are about a dozen of the books left at least €” phew €” and we buy one before the rest are devoured, too. The staff said they started the night with about 200, and the remaining ones are poised to disappear quicker than the naughty Augustus Gloop got swept away in a river of molten chocolate.

8:20 Our book is signed by the very gracious and bubbly Lauren €” dressed in prepster chic kelly Green shirt and repp tie paired with black skinny jeans €” who impresses us with her deft ability to simultaneously greet guests with a smile of picture-perfect Chiclet whites, make chit-chat while signing their books and manage to reapply her iridescent bubble gum-pink lip gloss. And how this self-professed candy addict who once wrote a college entrance essay titled, €œWhy I Am Like an Everlasting Gobstopper€ manages to stay as thin as Twizzler is a mystery that not even Wonka himself is privy too! (But we€™d sure love the secret recipe!)

8:25 Still no candy. In full stalk mode. Hunting for the candy girls wearing Ralph Lauren polos (of course), tutus and Technicolor wigs,

The Candy Girls-when the gettin’ was good.

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as we heard that they had the goods. Walk by empty, taunting king-size boxes of candy tossed on tables aside stacks of bright polo shirts.

8:27. A small tray of mini, truffle-size cotton-candy poufs come out in weensy paper cones. We pounce on the server and place a pink cotton ball in our mouth. Not even enough to qualify as a tease.

8:30 Oh sad, sad, night. The candy girl trio informs us that they have given out all the candy…

If anyone has seen this missing lollipop, please contact us immediately!

8:40 We notice that some desperate candy fiend (we swear, not us) had, in a likely fit of low glycemic-level desperation, grabbed a lollipop off the candy tree. (We€™ve posted the evidence for you, dear reader.) We know it couldn€™t possibly have been one of the evening€™s

Joy Bryant and Brandy

many sweet guests: Brandy, Joy Bryant, Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones, Elizabeth Berkley and more.

8:45, Server winks at us and promises to look the other way if we want to €œsample€ one off the tree. But, we can’t bare the thought of denuding such a gorgeous display €” although, the thought of licking it from top to bottom may perhaps have crossed our minds.

8:47 Run into Jelly Belly rep, who tells us that the company supplied over 800 pounds of Jelly Bellys for the event. We drool at the blueberry-flavored ones mocking us from inside a display case.

8:50 Valet. We settle for eating up the lush visuals in the book when we get home, while tearing into the dark chocolate and raspberry candy bar waiting in our fridge!

But not to worry, Dylan, we don€™t believe in a Sour Patch Kids attitude. We€™ll forgive you…but only if you promise to open a Dylan€™s Candy Bar in L.A. soon!