Ludovic de Saint Sernin is known to not just push the boundaries, but to write the full book for them. Since leaving Balmain in 2016, and founding his eponymous brand in 2017, LdSS has carved out his own niche of dressing everyone no matter how they identify. The result is pure sex, unadulterated serves of sensuality smothered in self-confidence and feeling one’s oats.
The designer often walks on the binary line, and for Fall 2022, he kicked antics off with a Parisian showcase opened by Gigi Hadid and closed by (none other than) her sister Bella. Ludovic too walked the runway, presenting a range that explored the link between self-image and public view in celebrity life.
Dressing in LdSS encourages you to flirt with the gender spectrum, and in turn, find who you are. For Spring/Summer 2023, the designer took Paris Fashion Week’s showgoers to a warehouse in the 15th, filled with smoke and bare brick for that underground aesthetic.
It was a cheeky affair from the off, as models sported slick wet hair and equally fitted clothes. Diamonté-encrusted short, short, short shorts banded with ruffled belts and tank tops, or bare chests, complemented dazzling bracelets and mini skirts. On the contrary, lounge-y knits in a pleated finish were perfect for bedtime, as were the camisole-turned aprons made in leather with riveted straps.
This went on to inspire house cues like jock lacing, crisscrossing rope tied the crotch, as well as a slew of new it-bag moments. Likewise, rips were exaggerated and revealing, worn on one model whose torso was compressed with lines from a top worn prior.
Naturally, a (kind of) bridal look closed the show, here seeing LdSS take his sparkling barely there mesh material and craft a triangular masterpiece covering, well per the designer’s approach, not much.
Take a look at the SS23 collection from Ludovic de Saint Sernin above, and find more Paris Fashion Week SS23 content across Hypebeast.