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… »11/08/13 10:50am11/08/13 10:50am

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

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 4:20pm3/05/13 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 7:13pm10/04/12 7:13pm

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 3:20pm3/28/12 3:20pm

A History Of Fashion's Appropriation Of Art [NSFW]

For Christian Louboutin's latest lookbook, photographer Peter Lippmann used models to essentially recreate iconic works from art history: Whistler's Mother, Francisco de Zurbarán's St. Dorothy, and here, Jean-Marc Nattier's 1738 Portrait of the Marquise D'Antin. And added, you know, really expensive shoes. It's an old… »6/22/11 6:10pm6/22/11 6:10pm