PARIS (AP) - When fashion editors put down their pens halfway through a catwalk show, it's always cause for concern.

PARIS (AP) When fashion editors put down their pens halfway through a catwalk show, it's always cause for concern.

This was the case at Hedi Slimane's disappointing debut at Yves Saint Laurent a rather confused ode to excess that used fringing, leather, lacing, feathers, sequins, pendants, skinny menswear tailoring, baggy pants, capes, pendants and almost everything under the sun.

Monday's spring-summer 2013 show had a gaucho feel and was served in unflattering, floppy Stetson hats that sometimes blocked out the models' faces.

The pressure on the former Dior Homme designer Slimane who was appointed in March must have been huge.

World media have pitted Slimane in a battle of designers against Christian Dior's new man, Raf Simons, who was appointed a month later.

Here Slimane tried to impress with the no-holds-barred approach but it may have given the upper hand to his rival.