Courtney Love and West Coast grunge were the inspiration for Saint Laurent’s Fall 2013 line. It showcased sparkly feminine dark mysteriousness covered by plaid flannel boyfriend shirts and long striped scarves, a contrast of tough exterior to a softer, floral frilly or sparkly interior. A juxtaposition of female / male. Exterior/interior, tough and gentle, matte and sheen, plaid on sparks and florals.
The plaid shirts will possibly be manufactured by/for the House of Saint Laurent, so most likely not available until September, and then at a pretty Saint Laurent penny, with the insouciant fit perfectly executed, of course. But if you want them right now, not so perfectly cut for you, and cheaper, then you go to Pendleton’s website and click your way to the Surfer board shirt page. http://www.pendleton-usa.com/product/Men/WOVEN-SHIRTS/WOVEN-SHIRTS/BOARD... Be ready to wear them everywhere. Play with a contrast of anything or Saint Laurent’s various ideas of femininity under a logger, boot wearing, and tough chick, ready for anykind of anything, anywhere look.
The first time I saw them was at a thrift store, and since then worn them for their practicality and warmth, and plaid colors, though not necessarily for the more proper occasion. The cut is for men and the sleeves and armholes are oversized and comfortable but not flattering. Otherwise they would be my default anywhere wear. Pajamas, gardening, shopping, cooking, office wear, appointments, proper lunches, etc. And now after Saint Laurent’s has shown us how state of mind contrasts can be interesting, for shimmer and sparkle sort-of-gala nights as well.
Since the 1960’s Pendleton’s has been making their Board Shirt from machine washable 100% wool cloth made at their own Mills. The wool’s weave and thickness is perfect for all kinds of weather, indoors and out. Every year they introduce new colors and plaid schemes, some of them quickly selling out.
For some time I have wondered why Pendleton doesn’t make them for women. The plaid cotton flannel shirt as comfort wear for women has been around for decades now. If they were slightly and knowingly more fitted or cut to drape just so, a lot of us would wear them literally everywhere. Better yet how about that perfect board shirt dress, too? or a Saint Laurent’s plaid shirt dress?