Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent
His legendary pantsuits made women look more feminine than masculine during the feminist revolution and their androgyny made women even more fashionable and liberated. From Le Smoking– His Tuxedo suit introduced in 1966, the pantsuit and to being the first person to introduce a sheer blouse on the runway, Yves Saint Laurent modernized women, setting the language of how women dress today. The brand now known as Saint Laurent with the iconic YSL logo, stands under the creative direction of Hedi Slimane who similar to Yves Saint Laurent held the position for creative director for Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007.
I’ve read about the life of Yves Saint Laurent during my years at design school but he was notoriously shy and private, which made me all the more curious. I was elated when I received advanced screening tickets to the premier of YSL, a movie that I was looking forward to watching, and was even more intrigued when the previews revealed that this was more a story about his personal life and struggles.
I’m not a movie critic but those who are close to me know that I adore French films. A fellow Francophile lover I know recently told me that the French really treat their audience like they are very intelligent. I could not agree more and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Of-course, I’m now a huge fan of Pierre Niney who’s a fantastic actor, extremely handsome and speaks beautiful English. Here is a wonderful interview about the film with Niney and Guillaume Gallienne who plays Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent’s lover and companion. If you haven’t seen the film I suggest you do, it’s a feast for the eyes!