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Front Row Report, Saint Laurent: Salma Hayek on Hedi Slimane's French Vibe

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From left: François-Henri Pinault, Salma Hayek and Etienne Daho

The L.A.-based designer's "The Paris Sessions" collection had that je ne sais quoi. And the actress was digging it.

It was all berets and swinging scarves at the Saint Laurent show that closed Men's Fashion Week Sunday night in Paris.

L.A.-based designer Hedi Slimane dubbed his XV show "The Paris Sessions," a departure from his last few California-inspired collections, and last season's ponchos reemereged as elegant capes.

Capes paired with super-tight skinny jeans, sleek leather jackets over demure mini-dresses and tailored suits and coats evoked such pure Parisian style that models should have been carrying baguettes. (Not that anyone sticking to Slimane’s skinny aesthetic would allow a crumb of carbs to pass their lips.)

"I think it’s very appropriate right now and sort of an homage to France," noted Salma Hayek, who sat front and center with her husband Saint Laurent owner Francois-Henri Pinault and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in an emerald green jeweled Saint Laurent.

Show notes said the idea was conceptualized in September, well before the city was rocked by terror attacks earlier this month.

"Everything about it was perfectly French. Very cool, chic and beautiful. He balances elegance with rock 'n' roll," said Hayek. "And I love that he included women in it, I think it helps create the mood of the collection. Tres chic, tres cool."

French ingénue Lou Lessage, who was hitting up her first Saint Laurent show, agreed. "I love the vibe and the rock 'n' roll attitude," she said.

Fashion show virgin Will Peltz was valiantly fighting off jetlag. He made the trip to see the collection after Slimane shot him for a V Man editorial last week in L.A. "I came with my own clothes and he picked out some cool stuff for me to wear. He was so cool, super relaxed and super chill. I didn’t know what to expect but it was a great experience and I’d love to shoot with him again." Peltz, about to start the press tour for horror film Unfriended, donned a leather jacket for this evening. "I’m such an SL fan and a Hedi fan, so it’s cool just to be here."

"Here" was Carreau de Temple, where Silmane has held the Saint Laurent shows for the past few seasons. The recently restored glass-roofed building has the space for Slimane’s unique seasonal light installations. This time, models emerged from a glass jewel box while audience regulars rhapsodized about this season’s stadium seating.

The song "Me Suive" by the Mystere collective was created for the show, which the band wrote in the north of France over the winter.

Yet they came dressed what would be considered Mexican gear, though Sacha Got attributed his oversized sombrero to "more Australian or Asian" influence. When asked why he decided on such unusual headgear for The Paris Sessions show, he said: "Because it’s fashion week and everything is possible."

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