Perhaps it’s my new Netflix addiction or maybe it’s just the changing of the season…can we call it that when it’s still 104 degrees in Sept? I so want to delve into fall fashion. Whatever the reason I have been on a fashion documentary bender lately. Valentino, YSL, Coco … I can’t seem to get enough.
As a Fashion Editor and stylist I often receive a barrage of resumes and pleading emails to be my intern or assistant but I have learned the hard way that these days most little fashion chickie’s who want to live the fashion life, don’t seem very educated on the subject of haute couture or pret-a-porter at all. Let me tell you sister, reading W mag, logging on to style.com and knowing who Anna Wintour is does not a fashion guru make… how I digress! In any case after viewing YSL docu-flix for the umpteenth time it reminded me of just why I love Yves so madly and why everyone should know how magnifique he is.
At the ripe old age of 19 he worked for Christian Dior and took over just two year later after Dior’s passing. Like Madam Chanel he changed contemporary fashion in so many ways from successfully feminizing men’s pant suits, to creating the first fashionably sultry safari’s looks (then Tom Ford knocked them off… uh hmm make that reinvented them with both YSL and Gucci and made a mint) plus he was the first couturier to hire African American models in Paris… the man was outside the box when we didn’t even realize there was a box.
And let’s not even gush about the wardrobe he designed for Lee Radizwill the socialite, actress, interior designer sister of Jackie O or the amazing over the knee boots and trench coats.
Of course his empire was sold to the Gucci group in 98 and Saint-Laurent retired in 02 but even today his esthetic runs rampant through the labels strong sexy silhouettes. He was the father of power dressing after all, and though Stefano Pilati has given his own modern twist to collections as of late there is still plenty of “French”ness to spare.
Some of my fav’s from the fall collections embody that classic motorcycle jacket from SL’s days at Dior to the Rive Gauche’ look made famous in his own boutiques, even better the collection consisted of mostly black and white and heaven knows how much I appreciate being able to avoid any bother of color coordinating at 6 am