Yves Saint Laurent Resort 2012 Collection

Posted on June 02, 2011

YSL designer Stefano Pilati has decided that his version of a resort collection is a literal one and that’s refreshingly direct. So direct, we feel like we’re watching the wardrobe tests for a 1940s screwball comedy about society swells on a cruiseliner. Everything is bright and vivid, with a persistent (and also extremely literal) nautical motif. Love all the bright reds and sailor stripes, as well as the very ’40s high collars with little puffed sleeves given a twist by adding a short, flirty skirt, not to mention the Betty Grable-esque knotted top with high-waisted shorts. Fun and pretty, which is really what a resort collection should be about, if you ask us.


[Photo Credit: vogue.com]

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  • The Vagina Anchor is very distracting to me.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking the same thing. It should have been maybe 1/5 the size

  • I want so much of it.

  • Love it.  LOVE IT.  These look amazing on the models but in addition it looks like there are several pieces that would work on lots of different body types.  I like that.

  • k c

    I really like the red coat in the third row (though maybe not the bit across the bust – tough to say from that picture). It could be I just like it because it’s red and I love me some red. 

  • MilaXX

    What is with all the leather in these resort collections? Does no one remember how hot (and not in a good way) Salma looked in that leather dress at Cannes? It’s a mostly cute collection but some of the really literal pieces look corny to me. I straight out hate the yellow and black anchor dress.

    • Anonymous

      You took the words right out of my mouth.  Leather ≠ resort.  I kind of like the corny pieces, though.

      • MilaXX

        it’s not all the anchor pieces, just the big hoking ones; the yellow and black dress and the 2 blue and white outfits. They are just too much for me.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely agree.  I don’t get it either.  I can’t imagine showing up at any of the reosrts I have been to in anything leather.  Unless they move IML to a resort.

  • Anonymous

    I like this a lot more than the previous resort collection you posted. It is fun and stylish, and I LOVE the prints. While i like the leather pieces, I really don’t see those as “resort.”

  • Anonymous

    I still don’t understand why designers insist on using leather in their resort collections.  Who wants leather anywhere near their skin when it’s 80+ degrees out?

    • Sabrina Sorich

      hey maybe people like going to resorts in Greenland?  I know I would.

  • LOVE IT! There isn’t a single piece that I can’t imagine a correct scene for.  Some are more private than others, but overall, Bravo!

  • Anonymous

    I have to say it again – Leather?  Resort?  I simply don’t get it.  But I do like a lot of the other looks, especially that first floral dress.  Easy, breezy.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE much of it! What a departure from his gray/black palette of recent years. I really love the red trench and the last little red floral dress.

  • Anonymous

    The collection could be improved by removing every single anchor.  I love the red leather trench, but I wouldn’t wear it to a resort.  Overall a great collection!

  • The models’ legs are toooo skinny. These clothes bring out the skinny more.

  • Anonymous

    i LOVE the black two-piece. other than the clothes either look super uncomfortable… and the dresses look like they came from urban outfitters… (i love urban but not necessarily for ysl)

  • Lisa

    Oh, man, I LOVE IT!!!  I love it ALL, which is rare for me!  

  • it’s okay–i most like the first one, the last one {which echoes the first one, only in hot pants & in blue}, the mini-coat & the tulip-hem coat. i actually do like those things, but my first & probably obvious observation was that the collection was not worthy of its namesake. damning w/ faint praise, i know.

  • LOVE.

  • kim i

    wow.  cute little rompers.  and THAT’S a comment i never thought i’d see myself type.

  • I almost never say this, but I love this whole collection. It’s adorable and I’m really looking forward to seeing some of these pieces in editorials. I have to say though, the leather pieces are cute, but really? Leather for resort?

  • Sabrina Sorich

    i want everything.  i don’t care if it wouldn’t flatter me I WANT IT.

  • akprincess72

    The 2nd row of the threes, the all black shirt & pants on the far right?   THAT please!

  • Anonymous

    Hmm… I’d prefer some of the color Iman is sporting for a resort collection, but I do like this.

  • Anonymous

    Its really great to someone who can handle short short skirts and not make the wearer look like a street tart on the game, or a superannuated Lolita.  I love the collection overall, though the anchors are a trifle heavy handed at times.  i mean we get the reference without being clocked with a twenty ton anchor.

  • Lauen newman

    Oh, I love this line. Favorite resort collection so far. The nautical is super adorable.

  • Anonymous

    Holy Marc Jacobs, Batman!

  • Quite like everything but the leather pieces.  

  • Totally agree:  fun and pretty.  Two big thumbs up, YSL!

  • Take out the most aggressive of the nautical references, and I’m sold.

  • Anonymous

    I canNOT adjust to the fact that resort does not mean warm weather frolics & relaxation to designers. I must re-iterate the feeling of disconnect between resort wear and leather.  I like the 40’s looks, think most of the larger & more exuberantly colorful nautical pieces are just waiting to go to an outlet mall in New Jersey.

  • Anonymous

    I really really love this.  Fun, flirty, and I love me a nautical theme!!

  • Anonymous

    Please oh please let someone knock off those black trousers with the brass buttons at a price point I might be able to afford before they qualify as vintage.