Yves Saint Laurent | The Final Farewell

PARIS, France – There was wall-to-wall coverage of Yves Saint Laurent’s funeral in Paris on Thursday, but as usual, it was Suzy Menkes, in her own erudite and quirky way, who best managed to capture the mood of the moment in her article and video about Saint Laurent’s final farewell.

That John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Ricardo Tisci, Valentino Garavani, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel, Stefano Pilati, Mark Jacobs, Alber Elbaz, Hubert de Givenchy and Vivienne Westwood were all there to pay homage speaks to Saint Laurent’s towering status amongst his peers and YSL successors. The one notable absentee was Karl Lagerfeld.

Marc Jacobs, speaking of Saint Laurent’s influence on his own designs, said simply “He’s the person who taught me everything I know.” In creative fields like fashion, it is this kind of recognition, respect and influence that stands the test of time. Not dollars and cents.

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  1. I devoted all of last week’s blog postings to Yves Saint Laurent. By the end of the week, I was left with a profound sense of respect for the revolutionary fashion concepts attributed to him. My last posting was about the four key business lessons that can be gleaned from his career. He certainly deserved the accolades he received.

  2. I had just finished reading Alicia Drake’s amazing book “The Beautiful Fall” about YSL’s heyday in the 1970s when I heard he died. It’s a wonderful read and I’d recommend it to anybody with an interest in Yves and his life.

  3. Hats off to you Sir. YSL will be greatly missed. I thank you for supplying me with a vast array of stylish and smart shirts that make me stand out in my office.