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What is Hedi Slimane’s vision of menswear going to be like? The new Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent is launching quite a few changes, not all of which may be welcome.

The 2013 Spring/Summer Collection was, unlike all the others, not presented with a show for the press, but for a restricted selection of buyers.

His taste is certainly merging in a big way with the style of the French house, with an absolutely minimal and linear line.

The first thing to note about the collection is its attention to colour.

Black and neutral colours dominate all the items presented. Single colours leave some space to striped fantasies in pullovers and elegantly cut jackets, and to dots on shirts and accessories.

Also recurrent in this collection are the materials used. Special attention is paid to leather: not only for accessories such as belts or bikers, but for jackets and waistcoats as well.

Particular details include zip fasteners on sweatshirts and cardigans, used as decorative elements on seams, as well as being functional, since they can be opened.  Silver-coloured zips on a black background give the garments a rather punk touch.

All garments show a perfect balance between taste and practicality, for a ready-to-wear that is decidedly comfortable, as well as glam.

What do you think of the Collection? Tell me in the comments.