Monday, June 02, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent 1936-2008

Another very talented creative person has left us. Considered one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, Saint Laurent was the last of the giants from the Christian Dior, Coco Chanel era.

Here is the New York Times article.

One day I watched a documentary about him on IFC (independent film channel). It was fascinating. I love seeing how creative people work. How they are influenced, what drives them, how they navigate the art/business conflict, how they stay relevant in a culture that is becoming less about creativity and more about the bottom line. Today any random celeb can throw their name on some clothes and POOF they are a designer. Please.

He was one of the first couture designers to feature black models on the runaway and in advertising. He changed the way modern women dressed, championing the tuxedo pantsuit (or as the French call it Le Smoking). He influenced many designers before he sold his company. Tom Ford took over as head designer (they clashed) and now the label is designed by Stefano Pilati. Pilati has brought back more of Saint Laurent's French style.

Saint Laurent was very well respected and loved in France. He helped put Paris on the map as THE place for fashion. During the 1998 World Cup he was selected to do the pre-game kick.

I am going to see if I can find the name of that documentary.

Catherine Deneuve was a muse to him. Here is the trailer for BELLE DE JOUR. He designed her clothes for the film.


glamah16 said...

You said it way better than me! I miss all those really great designers. Now its all big biz and names,liscenses. No true craftmenship.

glamah16 said...

I think the documentary was called Avenue Marceau.Not sure.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

thank glamah I am going to look on IMDB.

re: celeb designers I have three words for you, House of Dereon.

glamah16 said...

NOOOOOOOOOO! She and her mother, J Lo, Kimora, and what ever he calls himself(Sean Combs) these days need to take their earnings and call it it a day on the fashion front.