Colin’s Column | Remembering Yves Saint Laurent

A still from 'Yves Saint Laurent' | Source: 'Yves Saint Laurent' by Jalil Lespert

Given the intertwined beauty and troubled complexity of the lives of Yves Saint Laurent and his lover and business partner Pierre Bergé, Jalil Lespert’s biopic should have been much more interesting than it is, reports Colin McDowell.

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Making Sense of the YSL Retrobranding

PARIS, France — When Hedi Slimane was appointed creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, last March, YSL’s parent company, PPR, gave the designer “total creative responsibility for the brand image and all its collections.” Only a few months into the job, Slimane has started with a bang, dropping the first name of the company’s iconic founder in a significant rebranding — from “Yves Saint Laurent” to “Saint Laurent Paris” — sending

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Week in Review | Valuing vintage, Dynamo Natalie Joos, Project PopUp competition, The need for speed

Week in Review June 25-29

The Art and Science of Valuing Vintage (Insight & Analysis) Falling under the spell of a beautiful dress, a gorgeous pair of shoes or a well-crafted handbag is no strange feeling for followers of fashion. Falling in love with a piece that was first worn 30 years ago and has been waiting, it seems, just for you to discover it, is all the more rare. The Creative Class | Natalie Joos (The Creative Class) “Casting agents are

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Bergé reflects on YSL, Billabong crashes, Alpha male, Middle ground, Branquinho’s back

Pierre Bergé by Alex de Brabant | Source: The Talks

Pierre Bergé: “Yves died at the right time” (The Talks) “I didn’t know very much about fashion at that time. I was a very close friend of Christian’s and of some other haute couture masters like Balenciaga, but for me fashion was not an art. In my eyes, it was just something to make money.” Billabong surfwear shares crash (Telegraph) “Shares in Billabong, the Australian surfwear company crashed by 36pc

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