Ludovic de Saint Sernin
De Saint Sernin has gained visibility owing in part to his fluid proposition of menswear that can be worn by women. A girl amid today’s boys made that message more explicit, especially since her look consisted of his provocative and instantly popular eyelet brief from last season repurposed as a barely there bralet. Yet what stood out most from the presentation was a beautiful composite of strong sensuality and subtle kink. Ludovic de Saint Sernin’s spring collection, the third for his label, called “Summertime Sadness,” meant to evoke a teen’s melancholy upon leaving a beautiful holiday with an unrequited crush. “It’s a special feeling that I’ve had since I was a teenager,” said Ludovic de Saint Sernin of what he described as a “very personal” third collection. The presentation began with a wistful pop song that Shazam revealed as “It’s Okay to Cry” by Sophie, an L.A.-based artist who identifies as transgender. The 27-year-old designer, an LVMH Prize finalist, wanted to conjure up the longing that lingers from an unrequited love at the end of a summer break.