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poor Yves, hope he is fine

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caffeine..
where do you get the impression that the writer thinks he is still designing.....

the article you posted clearly states this...

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While the YSL house no longer exists, the brand still survives through its parent company Gucci.
He announced his retirement from the fashion industry after 40 years in 2002.
He revealed that his decision was based on a disgust with an industry that had become ruled more by commercial gain than art.
"I have nothing in common with this new world of fashion, which has been reduced to mere window-dressing," he said.
"Elegance and beauty have been banished."

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I just came home from evening spent at the restaurant with a friend. Somehow I saw this coming as he pointed out himself various times in interviews that his health isn't that good anymore & he has a good record of ailing significantly (nerve breakdown already at the young age etc...). Still it's a great shame such a great shame if we'll loose this master haute couture (he's just so special)... *long sigh & silence*

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Iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent fell in Paris this morning. According to his representatives the reclusive designer missed the curb upon exiting his car and fell but is doing well and resting at home. YSL retired from the fashion world in 2002 and has rarely been seen in public since then.






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I hope he is okay. I just saw this on perezhilton.com and had to find out more.

For any YSL fans...........you HAVE to HAVE to get the Beautiful Fall book........its a great story of him and Lagerfeld in the 70s in Paris. Very interesting.

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caffeine..
where do you get the impression that the writer thinks he is still designing.....

the article you posted clearly states this...
"just hours after his latest catwalk triumph. " it's a little confusing...if one doesn't know about fashion at all, it will probably be read as Yves designed for the latest catwalk collection.

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taz-such great ads. thank you! hope he is alright however

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Saint Laurent's fall excites Paris rumor

By Suzy Menkes International Herald Tribune
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2006


PARIS
Rumors that swept Paris on Friday of the demise of Yves Saint Laurent turned out to be wildly exaggerated.

The legendary couturier, 70, slipped in the street in Paris, cutting his cheekbone, and an ambulance was called.

But after a few stitches, he went home to rest, according to a representative of the Pierre Bergé/Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, where Saint Laurent himself had celebrated the latest exhibition of his 40 years of design in "Voyages Extraordinaires" on Monday.



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"Voyages Extraordinaires"
I visited Yves "Voyages Extraordinaires" at 5 avenue Marcue last Nov., ...the clothes are so gorgeous..truly work of art I couldn't resist my self from touching one dresses with Lessage motifs on it this is wrong i know but a mgical power forced me to do so....love the setting, clothes & the gift shop-which is a new addition...you should go there if you havent yet...here are some pic of the opening gala


Yves , Loulou & Betty

Alain Minc and Francois Henri Pinault
Yves & Kenzo
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found some images for the exhbition taking pic is not allowed there, the exhbition will be closed in April.
it is about Yves insipration from his travels to Moroco, India, Spain, Africa, Japan, China & Russia.
























you have to see these in real, feel the fabrics & details

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some of the gala diner on October 2, 2006 at his previous couture house, images from wireimage

Guests includes: Kenzo, Helene Rochas, Francois Henri Pinault & OTHERS...





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an article regarding Voyages Extraordinaires from misscrew.com

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When Yves Saint Laurent presented some two-dozen dresses inspired by African primitive art during the 1967 summer haute couture season, the couturier wrote the first chapter in his long and celebrated love affair with ethnic fashions.
The Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent Foundation will today lift the curtain on an exhibit that explores the finished product of this long-standing proclivity, one of the defining themes of Saint Laurent’s prodigious career.
“Voyages Extraordinaires” features about 60 of the retired designer’s most spectacular creations — from the memorable Ballet Russes show of 1976 that landed Saint Laurent on the cover of The New York Times, to confections informed by India, Spain, China, Japan and Morocco. Saint Laurent handpicked each of the dresses exhibited, and culled his archives to find a corresponding sketch, which will be published in the exhibit’s accompanying catalogue.
Yet despite the couturier’s exploration of the world’s diversity and romance, many of Saint Laurent’s exotic arabesques remained intensely interior voyages.
“He was an armchair traveler,” said Pierre Bergé, his partner, on Friday. “He did most of his traveling in his mind. He was and is a traveler of the imagination. He didn’t need to go outside his studio to be inspired.”
Born in Oran, Algeria, Saint Laurent was influenced by great cultural mélange in his youth. “Being raised in North Africa helped him not to become a prisoner to a Franco-French Parisian vision,” said Bergé. “It gave him a much richer regard on the world. Yves loves cultural diversity and he was really modern in that respect. Remember, he had a black mannequin de cabinet, starting in 1962.” Bergé added, “Yves’ great talent was to find inspiration in these cultures and to create modern clothes. He brought fashion into a wider cultural context.”


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LOL...I like the title of this thread

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Yves Quotes
A FEW QUOTES FROM YVES SAINT LAURENT AND PIERRE BERGE, CULLED FROM INTERVIEWS WITH WWD OVER THE YEARS.

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"How do I create clothes? I put my ideas on paper, which are later made up in toile and revised by me, if necessary. My best ideas come in the morning, when I wake up -- and in absolutely quiet surroundings. My idea is `woman' in general, and a collection must fit all types."
-- Yves Saint Laurent, 1957

"The house is very small and we don't want to sell any more than we are capable of producing. Eighty-four of the 150 people are seamstresses. A couture house nowadays should be run that way."
-- Pierre Berge, 1962

"Art is a very big word for couture. It's a metier like any other, but a poetic metier."
-- Saint Laurent, 1963

"I don't think that the round woman is the modern woman. The woman today has bones -- she is nervous. The woman of the 19th century was round. C'est fini the round. It is for Renoir."
-- Saint Laurent, 1966

"One thing you can be sure of, I'll not finish my career doing couture as I'm doing it now."
-- Saint Laurent, 1968

"Real fashion today comes from the young people manning the streets -- those between 30 and 35. The difference between day and evening clothes is outdated. The new fashion freedom permits people to be as they are or as they want to beto go to dinner, for instance, as they were in the morning in black jersey, or anything else. My new collection is based on the idea of the suit -- the practical, modern, easy world of the suit. Not the suit as we've known it...a suit that will look different with a skirt or pants. And pants with coats are part of our life."
-- Saint Laurent, 1968

"So they have crowned me king. Look what happened to all the other kings in France."
-- Saint Laurent, 1968

"Recent political events, the reaction of young people to fashion and the way of life today make the haute couture a relic of the past. I do not want to find myself in the pastor in a stronghold cut off from everything.
-- Saint Laurent, 1968

"First nights at the theater...life on a yacht -- all things like that belong to a society that no longer means anything...a society that is no longer a la mode. The Social Ladies are no longer significant."
-- Saint Laurent, 1968

"I have always done black. I don't do `message' couture."
-- Saint Laurent, 1968

"The big difference between couture and rtw is not design. It is the fabrics, the handwork and the fittings. The act of creation is the same."
-- Saint Laurent, 1968

"In the future, men and women will dress more and more alike. I want to create clothes for women like men's clothes."
-- Saint Laurent, 1968

"With the world going through so much pain, the young generation gathers strength from each other and the more they resemble each other, the stronger they get."
-- Berge, 1968

"It's demode to expect to see a revolution each timeeach collection."
-- Saint Laurent, 1969

"The drama is that there are so many stupid rich people. Luxury -- so few know how to use it and make it respectable."
-- Saint Laurent, 1970

"I want to see elegant women...women aware that they are women. Finished are the hippie things...all those bits of folklore...those scarves. The street is terrifying now. Horrible."
-- Saint Laurent, 1970

"Look at all that advertising -- you must buy these shoes to go with this bag to go with that belt. Such advertising takes people for imbeciles. The results? The young don't shop in the big stores anymore."
-- Saint Laurent, 1970

"I did not think that in a profession as free as fashion that one could meet so many people so narrow-minded and reactionary, petty people paralyzed by taboos. But I am also very stimulated by this scandal because I know that which shocks is new."
-- Saint Laurent, February 1971, reaction to universally scathing reviews of his spring couture collection

"Women look like they've been working on the railroad too long."
-- Saint Laurent, 1971

"In spite of what people say, I believe I will save the couture and not kill it by making it return to its original meaning, which is privacy, rarity and quietness."
-- Saint Laurent, 1971

"I adore rtw. It's alive, it's quick, it's daring. The challenge is to make a raincoat that looks just as good on a girl of 15 as on a woman of 60."
-- Saint Laurent, 1971

"For the first time, I feel liberated. I began to feel boxed in. In the couture, you strive for one put-together look. But women don't want that studied look today."
-- Saint Laurent, 1971

"No blueprint. This is not a field in which you can chart a program. Who can predict the results of fashions?"
-- Berge, 1972, declining to give a sales projection

"Pants are simply not important anymore. There are only jeans today."
-- Saint Laurent, 1976

"Maybe I am ill, but are you so well every day of the year?"
-- Saint Laurent, 1977, denying published reports that he was too ill to design his own collection

"It's the same in fashion as in everything else in life. There's not much difference in selling clothes or books or even a politician selling ideas."
-- Berge, 1978

"I have said before that the most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy."
-- Saint Laurent, 1978

"I am convinced that Yves resolved a wide social problem with Rive Gauche [rtw]. He took fashion in a new direction and his success has been absolutely unique.
"Yves has changed -- in the same measure that Chanel did, in a different way -- the appearance of the streets."
-- Berge, 1978

"There is a feeling of frustration in fashion with things that only last a season and die. I try, as I advance, to make something that will last, that will be passed from one generation to another."
-- Saint Laurent, 1978

"It's on my shoulders that the work hangs. After all, I couldn't do it without the house, the ateliers. The ateliers are vital. But it is my responsibility to create. And working on a collection, I imagine what it must be like for a writer trying to write a novel, or a director making a film....The more ideas you have, the worse it is."
-- Saint Laurent, 1978

"Now that I've reached maturity, at 42, in my work, it's the work that possesses me."
-- Saint Laurent, 1978

"Humor is the vital element. My message is humor combined with total refinement."
-- Saint Laurent, 1978

"For two or three years, I have dreamed of opening a department store called Yves Saint Laurent where everything I make is sold together. And I would design the building, the interior, the furnishings for the store, the logos, everything. That's the future."
-- Saint Laurent, 1978

"For me, `Porgy and Bess' is the epitome of the American spirit. It is modern, sexy, amusing and full of gaiety."
-- Saint Laurent, 1978, after creating the "Broadway Suit" collection

I am not a young lion now, I am an old lion. Perhaps a fox."
-- Saint Laurent, 1980

"The one thing I lack in my life is to live. In my youth, I never discovered life. Life is to be lived when one is young, and truly, I've never lived."
-- Saint Laurent, 1978

"I'm bored -- and angry -- with people who just design clothes for the runway. It's a massive deception, and one a lot of people have fallen for. Some of the Paris designers are doing two collections each season -- one for the runway and another for the showroom. I think that belittles the idea of fashion and soils everyone in a bizarre, unamusing joke."
-- Saint Laurent, 1979

"One can't work in fashion for self-amusement or take it lightly....Fashion is a profession that devours a man....
"When you're young, it's more amusing to work in fashion. You can be carefree. You also think you know your work better than you actually do. There is also a moment when you discover you don't even know who you are."
-- Saint Laurent, 1980

"Some people say New York is not really American but another little country. How untrue. New York is the most American of all. It is big, powerful, busy, varied, unbelievably energetic and so exciting."
-- Saint Laurent, 1980

"I remember when trousers were shaped like trumpets [bell-bottoms]. Perhaps, it was amusing at the time as a fashion, but styles like this are gimmicks, they are not real and cannot last. Classics continue all the time because they have style, not `fashion."'
-- Saint Laurent, 1981

"My Paris is refinement, and there is no world that is refined that is not also melancholy."
-- Saint Laurent, 1983

"The only problem is that Yves keeps wanting to hit the red ball. He's just too aesthetic."
-- Berge, 1983, talking about learning to play billiards with Saint Laurent

"People think decadence is debauched. Decadence is simply something very beautiful that is dying. It's a beautiful flower that is dying, and sometimes you have to wait a very long time for another flower to come along."
-- Saint Laurent, 1986

"We haven't had as aggressive a policy in the U.S. as we should have. We are planning to close certain outlets we never should have opened in the first place. That was our mistake. The policy of marking down clothes is a bad one....I want to work with people who have a real addiction to Saint Laurent."
-- Pierre Berge, 1986, on the closing of the YSL shop at Bergdorf Goodman

"It may not succeed, but it will have an effect."
-- Saint Laurent, describing his 1986 fall couture collection.

"What a woman needs is a black turtleneck sweater, a straight skirt and a man to love her."
-- Saint Laurent, 1989

"It never works when another designer takes over in couture. It's the heart and soul of a maison, so I find it impudent and disgusting to replace people after they have gone....If someone accepts to work for another house, that means they don't have enough talent to work under their own name, otherwise they'd find money and open their own maison."
-- Pierre Berge, 1990

"I've worked all my life to found a fashion house worthy of France. I did so without concession or compromise."
-- Saint Laurent, 1993, upon selling the house to Sanofi

"I'm happy to be copied, otherwise I wouldn't be doing my job well."
-- Saint Laurent, 1998

"For me, this represents a great deal of emotion. I didn't imagine it could be so spectacular. Can you imagine? Three hundred girls. I know I will never see a spectacle like this again. And we may never see France in the finals again, either."
-- Saint Laurent, 1998, upon dressing models for the closing ceremonies at the World Cup in Paris

"I'm happy that people are inspired by what I have done. It proves that a mode passes, but true style resists. And let's be honest, not many couturiers have their own style,"

"I was shocked. If someone is inspired by the past, that's okay. But to copy the present... I must say that I don't find that very enthusiastic for fashion."
on Ralph Lauren when copied him in the 90s.

"I was trained by the House of Dior and had to struggle to reach the ranks of Balenciaga and Mademoiselle Chanel. I think most people accept that these three are the ones who left a definite style."

"I had a youthful insouciance. I dreamed of rivaling the great designers of my epoch. I came to Paris in 1955, and right away I got a job with Dior. He gave me the chance to acquire a style that allowed me to create the Trapeze collection. That was a different look from the last dress of Mr. Dior."

"I think fashion magazines -- Vogue, Harper's Bazaar -- are all like each other. I never get the feeling when I read them that there's a great master in charge of the magazine. Like Diana Vreeland. We miss her very much"

"It's so alive, it is a fantastic city. But I abandoned the United States, and I missed it, because New York is such an inspiring city. That's why I'm so delighted to go to New York again -- to pick up the excitement of its street, to enjoy its restaurants, its energy."

"Whenever I can, I go to Marrakech, though not in August, when it's too hot. I find a great calm looking after our beautiful Majorelle gardens," he smiles.

"Every man needs esthetic phantoms in order to exist," Mr. Saint Laurent, 65, said. "I have hunted mine out, pursued them, tracked them down. I have grappled with anguish and I have been through sheer hell.
"I have known fear and the terrors of solitude. I have known those fair weather friends we call tranquilizers and drugs. I have known the prison of depression and the confinement of hospital. But one day I was able to come through all of that dazzled yet sober."


"Over these years," Mr. Saint Laurent said, before abruptly leaving the room without answering any questions, "I feel that I have carried out my work with unflinching professionalism. I have made no concessions. I have always placed respect for this profession above all else. While not exactly art, it nonetheless requires an artist for it to exist."
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