Merci, M. Saint Laurent

While in San Francisco, I stopped by the YSL Retrospective at the De Young Museum (a spectacular, dystopic building, by the way, designed by Swiss Firm Herzog & de Meuron), the only US stop for this stunning exhibition. We were truly lucky to be able to take in 120+ accessorized outfits, including that creepy knitted wedding dress from 1965, an original Le Smoking, and those iconic wool jersey, Mondrian-inspired shift dresses. The exhibit was inspiring. I overheard women talking about the first time they saw some of the fashions and how truly groundbreaking it was at the time - it's not just fashion myth! YSL revolutionized women's fashion.

And then I watched Project Runway Canada , and a member of a team assigned to create a couture collection inspired by YSL had no idea who the designer was. Fortunately, Iman gave him a tongue lashing and declared that he "descrated" the house of YSL with his design. (Heidi Klum would never say such a thing.)

So, lest his name be forgotten by more young folks, I want to remember M. Saint Laurent tonight with these striking pictures by Hedi Slimane:
"World renown fashion designer Hedi Slimane took a visit to the Yves Saint Laurent home back in November of 2008. Playing a major role in the relaunch of YSL Rive Gauche Homme, Slimane shares a well documented history with the famous Fashion house tracing back to his stint as Art Director. Of course, he is also well known for his time spent at Christian Dior until his departure in 2007. We now get a look at some of his photographic work from the latter part of 2008 capturing YSL’s partner Pierre Berge in his Parisian residence."


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