September 20, 2010



Yves Saint Laurent created one of the most magnificent fashion houses to date. A man who brazenly stated the obvious, "We must never confuse elegance with snobbery." Majestic and all things perfection, YSL is style. I am entranced by his vintage collections and my hunting down of his rarest breeds never seems to slow.  I know that I am not alone.

Born in 1936, Yves Saint Laurent grew up in Oran, Algeria. At 17, he left for Paris where he showed his drawings to Michel de Brunhoff, director of Vogue, who published several of them immediately. Not quite finishing fashion school, YSL was introduced to Christian Dior by de Brunhoff and he went on to work for Dior until his death in 1957. By 1962, he had set up his own fashion house with Pierre Berg√© and continued to, well, rock the establishment. The 1950's had presented an aesthetic challenge of sorts, mixing traditional retro pieces with designs that could translate into the future. YSL knew he had to transcend the barriers that plagued his industry peers. And so he did. In 2002, nearly 40 years after he began his profoundly beautiful fashion career, YSL retired leaving a legacy that those who love fashion can only dream of ever owning. In 2008, he passed away, betrothing the fashion economy to a runway of sadness. 

Yves Saint Laurent
YSL Vintage Pieces Featured Above and Below

Dry those tears. YSL's legacy lives on, however, and deservedly thanks to the hands of former Creative Director, Tom Ford and now head designer, Stefano Pilati. 

YSL Head Designer Stefano Pilati
YSL's Fall 2010 collection leaves a scent of yesteryear with hints and undertones of a more modern mind. Brightly colored in primary and pastel, this collection is divine. Of course not every look that sashays down the runway is meant for your everyday life. Take bold pieces and meld them into everyday wear with jeans or a milder toned jacket. YSL is made for every woman and every woman deserves a little YSL in her life.

Attached video of Pilati's Fall/Winter 2011 collection. Amuse toi bien!

- sister

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