The YSL Film: Smoking, Ennui, Beautiful Dresses, Gay Romance

There are not one but two Yves Saint Laurent biopics on the horizon, but this trailer is for the "authorized" version of events — the one Saint Laurent's partner, Pierre Bergé, approves of. Directed by Jalil Lespert and featuring Pierre Niney as the legendary designer, this film, which is in French, mostly deals with… » 11/08/13 10:50am 11/08/13 10:50am

Dior, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, YSL: Who's the Most Diverse?

We've written a lot over the years about the racial diversity of the American fashion industry — and particularly the diversity of the models cast to walk in New York fashion week — but less about the biggest brands headquartered in fashion's other three global centers: Paris, London, and Milan. With couture week… » 7/03/13 5:40pm 7/03/13 5:40pm

Saint Laurent, for Running Away from Boarding School to Find Courtney…

Hedi Slimane's second Saint Laurent collection — for fall/winter 2013 — looks familiar. Anyone thrilled about how the '90s are back will dig this show: Babydoll dresses, plaid, combat boots. Of course, ignore the styling and you'll see a pretty little dresses that would be perfectly at home on the red carpet — ruffled… » 3/05/13 4:20pm 3/05/13 4:20pm

Why Are Fashion Designers So Ridiculously Touchy About Press?

Yves Saint Laurent's treatment of the press under new creative director Hedi Slimane has been perhaps the most talked-about event of this fashion season. It's a perfect case study in how not to do public relations — but it's also an illustration of the broader problems that dog fashion, a field of endeavor that is… » 10/04/12 7:13pm 10/04/12 7:13pm

Karl Lagerfeld's Gold-Splattered Olympic Collection Debuts Tonight

Tonight is the night: Karl Lagerfeld will personally unveil his Olympic-themed collection at Selfridges in London. Although the items celebrate the games, don't expect any sporty Spandex or ventilated mesh. A preview of the items reveals a motorcycle jacket flecked with gold, skinny jeans splattered with gold, and… » 7/24/12 12:20pm 7/24/12 12:20pm

The World of Yves Saint Laurent: Androgyny, Exoticism, and Scandal

A major retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent's work opened this week in Denver. It covers everything from the designer's early years at Christian Dior, to his appropriation of elements of men's wear and fascination with androgyny, to his long-standing relationships with muses like Betty Catroux, Catherine Deneuve, and… » 3/28/12 3:20pm 3/28/12 3:20pm

Target Reneges On Promise To End Anti-Gay Donations

  • After Target, which styles itself an LGBT-friendly employer, was caught giving thousands to rabidly anti-gay political candidates, it said it would stop. Well: Target has since given over $30,000 to anti-gay-rights candidates and causes. [The Awl]
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Model Urged, "Don't Marry Leonardo"; More On Madonna's Designs

  • An Israeli nationalist group is very concerned about Bar Refaeli's relationship with goy Leo DiCaprio. According to the LA Times, the group's director "has nothing against Mr. DiCaprio, who I have no doubt is a talented actor." [via Gawker]
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Karl Relaxes His "Fatty" Fatwa, Chills On His Stoop With Style Critic