I’m in Paris right now and really missing my dear friends in Melbourne especially Jess. So here is a post dedicated to her- missing you heaps ma cherie!
There was another event I attended at MSFW with my beautiful friend/fellow-blogger/stylist Jess from whatwouldkarldo. We got tickets to see Celebration at ACMI, the film that captured the later years and the legacy that the legendary Yves Saint Laurent left for his maison. A very fitting title I’d say. Many thanks to film programmer James Nolen for the tickets! Merci beaucoup!
Jess: Asos wrap cardigan, Chloe boots and bag, Fornarina necklaces
Tim Burton’s exhibition is on at ACMI and you can see the cute blue man/balloon hangs behind us. We ate dinner at Cafe Alto on High St that has yummy pastas! Then we headed down to Federation Square to see our much-anticipated movie!
Both Jess and I adore YSL, see Jess’ YSL cage shoes here. Ok she’s really into Karl Lagerfeld, as you may have deducted from her blog. And I’m more of a Martin Margiela fan (See my boots here) but hands down YSL is the one of, if not, the most legendary French designer of the 20th century. The designer of dreams and vision, he is the couturier who helped to resurrect haute couture again from the 60’s. He has won countless design competitions in his youth and awards in his profession including a solo exhibition by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was hired at the tender age of 17 by the leading couturier at the time, Christian Dior, because of his amazing sketches. Saint Laurent became head designer at Dior at age 21 and brought financial stability to the House once again. In 1966, YSL opened his own Rive Gauche store, among the attendees was customer and muse Catherine Denevue.
This documentary was banned in France because instead of showing the glamour and glitz of the designer’s life, director Oliver Mayrou depicts YSL in a light that the world has not seen him in- his fragile, reclusive and tortured side. This is often true, the best of the best are often lonely, it’s as if they need to become immersed in their creations- do you remember Gabrielle Coco Chanel in ‘Coco avant Chanel’?
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent passed away in 2008 from a brain tumour. He may have left, but his maison remains and Stefano Pilatti is carrying on his legacy with aplomb.
A celebration of YSL 1 August 1936 – 1 June 2008