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Model Spotlight: Arizona Muse

26 Dec

You may not have heard of her fabulous name but you must have seen her gorgeous face. The 22 year old from Santa Fe has walked for countless hot ticket shows including Celine, Balenciaga, Dior, Sonia Rykiel Chanel and Oscar De La Renta in the past. However, she’s just landed her first major campaign, ousting Daria Werbowy as the new face of Yves Saint Laurent. I think 2011 will really be her year, this campaign is just the tip of the iceberg.


Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2010 campaign

11 Jul

Yves Saint Laurent,one of my favourite models Daria Werbowy shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. 

* Source Fashionologie

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 09 Campaign

4 Jul

It kinda came outta nowhere, but I’m a big fan of YSL campaigns now. The use of the logo is so old school and the shoes are out of this world. It’s never too clever or complicated, just fairly simple and elegant. The Fall 09 campaign looks a lil something like this…

* Source TFS

YSL also hits DSM

7 Jul
It seemed like only weeks ago I was writing about Chanel’s 5-floor take over of Dover Street Market. Oh wait it was only weeks ago! Yves Saint Laurent’s first ever stand alone Edition 24 space was opened on 3rd July and occupies the third floor. It features timeless pieces inspired by travel, function and versatility and each piece has a special Yves Saint Laurent/Dover Street Market woven label. The launch party was attended by the usual fashion faces, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Erin O’Connor among others.

* Source Vogue, Fab Sugar

Jacobs pays tribute

6 Jun

The CFDA attendees provided a gallery of gorgeous dresses, as per. It’s extremely easy to get lost in a sea of gorgeous dresses. Dressed in a Marc Jacobs Resort ’09 dress, Victoria Beckham managed to stand out of the crowd. The dress (below) was overlaid with platinum-trimmed hearts, had clear references to the late Yves Saint Laurent. Marc explains, “Victoria’s dress is an homage to Saint Laurent…In every collection I’ve done, there are always nods to Saint Laurent”.

The heart motifs are one of several references to Yves Saint Laurent in his Resort Collection ’09, which is a very eerily timed homage to one of Jacob’s inspirations. Heart motifs, deep exotic colours and gorgeous accessories, Jacobs has created an awesome homage to one of his favourite fashion inpirations.

* Sources Fashionologie, Off The Rack, WWD

Farewell to a legend

5 Jun

The funeral for Yves Saint Laurent will be held in Paris today. Well respected in the industry and regarded as one of the most iconic French designers, along with Coco Chanel and Christian Dior, Saint Laurent passed away on Sunday after a long battle with brain cancer. Over 1000 attendees are expected to attend the funeral and pay tribute to the late designer. Among those expected are Stefano Pilati, Valentino, John Galliano, Giorgio Armani, Huber de Givenchy, Alber Elbaz, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gautier, Sonia and Nathalie Rykiel and Kenzo Takada. Several of his past muses are also expected, including Catherine Deneuve, Claudia Schiffer and Laetitia Casta. The service will be held at the Saint-Roche church on the exclusive Rue Saint-Honore. In tribute to the designer, all YSL boutiques worldwide will be closed during the ceremony.

* Sources Sky News, Fashion Week Daily

Fashions Fade, Style is Eternal – Yves Saint Laurent

2 Jun

As I’m sure many of you will have seen and read by now, iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent died yesterday at his home in Paris, aged 71. Saint Laurent’s death was announced in a statement by the Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, with no cause of death given. Although his ill health has been well documented throughout his illustrious career, recently friends report that he was bed-ridden and unable to eat or talk, his death has come a shock.

It was during the tough economical aftermath of WW2 that Saint Laurant got his big break in fashion. After the death of Christian Dior in 1957, Saint Laurant was named as chief designer at the House of Dior at the age of 21. His first collection, the Trapeze collection, was an immediately celebrated success. It recieved rave reviews from buyers and press alike. During the tough economical climate in post WW2, the House of Dior accounted for almost 50% of French fashion exports, headlines and billboards proclaimed Saint Laurent was France’s saviour.

His second collection for Dior was the most provocative of the Paris shows, taking hemlines several inches higher. Saint Laurant continued to push the boundries for the next two years, his collections always sparked heated debates and were always radically different to the previous season. However, in 1960, Saint Laurent’s Beatnick collection was so heavily critizised that it almost halted his career just two years after it started.

Shortly after this heavily critizised collection, he was inducted into the army. On his return, he discovered that he had been replaced by Marc Bohan, who had been previouslly designing Dior’s wholesale collections in London. He subsequently set up his own couture house in 1961. His first collection recieved a lukewarm reception, however, his second collection was a huge success and lavishly praised.
Saint Laurent is best known for his tuxedo for women – ‘Le Smoking’. In true Saint Laurent style, the jacket was both a provocative statement and a huge success. Le Smoking has been one of the signature silhouettes of Yves Saint Laurent since 1966. Saint Laurent continually tweaked the look, designing desses, short versions, jumpsuits and trenches inspired by the silhouette. All of Saint Laurent’s successors have paid tribute to Le Smoking, from Alber Elbaz to Stefano Pilati.

With a career spanning 50 years, Yves Sain Laurent has been described as one of the four cornerstones of fashion, along with Chanel, Balenciaga and Dior. Throughout his career, he was descibed as an advocate for woman. Saint Laurent himself stated; “I draw on woman…I found my style through women”. His clothing celebrated confident women. On his retirement, in 2002, he said “Fashion isn’t just to decorate women, but to reassure them, give them confidence”. Today, the fashion world mourns one of it’s most daring designers, but his designs will be remembered and reworked forever.

* Image sources BBC news, IMA Museum