You know how sometimes you get in those fights that are so old and obtuse that you can’t even remember what they were originally about? Well, that’s exactly the kind of thing in which Yves St. Laurent designer Hedi Slimane and New York Times fashion columnist Cathy Horyn are currently embroiled.
I guess something like eight years ago, Horyn wrote a review — not of Slimane’s show, but of designer Raf Simons’ work. In it, she claimed Slimane’s ascension would not have happened had it not been for the work of Simons. “Essentially I wrote that without Mr. Simons’s template of slim tailoring and street casting, there would not have been a Hedi Slimane,” explained Horyn in a 2012 blog post.
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Depressingly enough, I often find Jessica Chastain to be the walking manifestation of When Bad Clothes Happen To Fabulous People (see Exhibits A, B, and C), but this is one look that I can definitely get behind. The actress showed up to Hedi Slimane’s first show for the newly-coined Saint Laurent in her YSL best, wearing the brand’s legendary Le Smoking jacket over a pretty polka-dot frock with a nipped-in waist. An updo and a deep crimson lip, along with the classic jacket, could nudge this look into too-old territory, but Jessica looks pretty damn fresh to me.
Is this really happening? Have I stepped into a warped alternate reality in which Yves Saint Laurent (or shall I say, Saint Laurent Paris) deigns itself to something … low-budget? Even a little bit … tacky? I’ll break the news to you, very slowly, and keep quiet now so we don’t have poor Yves rolling in his grave. In a shocking move, given the prestige nature of the brand overall, the beauty range (my favorite of YSL’s offerings and, rather appropriately, the only one I can afford) of the Parisian fashion house is going public with their love of Facebook. So public, in fact, that they’re willing to put it in writing — which they did, on the packaging of an exclusive new eyeshadow palette called “Devoted To Fans.” Keep reading »
British designer Christopher Kane won’t be replacing John Galliano at Dior. Kane’s was the latest name banded about as a possible replacement for Galliano. Kane says he’s statying in charge of his eponymous line and remaining the head of Versace’s Versus label.
Stefano Pilati is out as head of Yves St. Laurent. Hedi Slimane, (pictured) who used to be in charge at Dior Homme, will take over.
And Raf Simons is allegedly out as the head designer of Jil Sander, saying on Sunday, “I am leaving Milan tomorrow, forever,” after showing his most recent collection for the brand.
Got all that straight? Great.
Sporting a blue suit and three day scruff, ballet dancer and Natalie Portman‘s baby daddy, Benjamin Millepied, launched his modeling career, posing for Yves Saint Laurent. He’s shilling L’Homme Libre (or Free Man) cologne, while Natalie is the face of Miss Cherie Dior perfume. What do you think? Is he selling it? [ONTD] Keep reading »
A commercial for Yves Saint Laurent’s Belle D’Opium fragrance has been banned in the U.K. because the ad supposedly shows models “simulating drug use.” The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) “therefore concluded it was irresponsible and unacceptable for broadcast.” In the ad (above), the character of “Belle” runs her finger down her arm and the ASA concluded that action “could be seen to simulate the injection of opiates into the body.” The ASA also felt that Belle’s movements later in the ad, including one in which “her body [seizes] upwards while lying on the floor,” could be viewed as “simulating the effect of drugs on the body.” Personally, I just think she’s dancing like nobody’s watching. Kind of hilariously, the Daily Mail U.K.
notes that the ad has already been viewed by 44 million people and that a whopping 96 percent of French women (specifically!) didn’t think there was anything inappropriate about the commercial. So what do you think? Do you side with the crusty old ASA or those hip French ladies? [Huffington Post
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has just come out with this promo video for its new line of men’s sneakers. With the cheesy video techniques and pumping electro music, the clip is kind of hilarious—something we’d imagine running in the background of “Zoolander.” Maybe they should have just called this “Guys-too-hot-for-their-own-good Standing Around in Sneakers Looking Hot.” Blue Steel! [YouTube
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Would you give up your BlackBerry if you could get mail in the form of a YSL clutch? We say: Oui. [The Daily] Keep reading »
For the past few years, the French manicure has been on the style fence as a slightly tacky favorite. We predict that Yves Saint Laurent‘s “couture manicure” nail polish set will cause a trend wave and completely refresh the traditional manicure. (Of course it would take a Frenchie to make the style chic again … nevermind that he’s dead. He’s just that good.) Called Rock & Baroque, the super bright colors pair up fabulously to create flashy nail/tip combos. Hues in the mix: juicy orange, dark sea foam, metallic gold, magenta, and deep purple. Our favorite way to rock this look? Stick to two colors like the purple and green (although painting different nails several colors works, too), alternating the nail and tip shade every few nails to create an imbalanced aesthetic. Quirky! [Vogue Paris] Keep reading »
Add this to the list of things you don’t need—an Yves Saint Laurent travel adapter, which costs an astonishing $450. So what does this baby do? The gadget lets you convert nearly any plug you’ve got to fit the power outlets of 150 countries. So … when you’re in Israel and need to plug in your Russian hairdryer, you’ll be all set. [T Magazine Blog] Keep reading »