Is {new} Yves Saint Laurent Couture a step too far?

28/07/2015

Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
The last Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture show took place at the Pompidou Centre on 22 January 2002. It was a beautiful and moving celebration of his talent, artistic vision and 40 years of designs most of which became iconic. Earlier that month, Saint Laurent and Berge held a press conference to officially announce Yves' departure from the world of fashion. As everyone settled down, Saint Laurent read an emotional statement speaking of fashion, women he designed for, the lifelong battles with depression and addictions and his decision to say Good-bye to the profession he dedicated his life to. 


As he moved to the subject of couture, the designer said: "I want to thank Francois Pinault and express my gratitude to him for permitting me to put a harmonious end to this wonderful adventure, and we both agree that the haute couture of his house must stop with my departure..."

Yves Saint Laurent with Laetitia Casta and Catrine Deneuve at finale of Yves Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2002 Haute Couture show / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
That is why, only hours after writing about respecting designers wishes, I found it incredibly uncomfortable that Hedi Slimane made a decision to design a couture line for the iconic Parisian house offering both women and men the day and evening wear pieces based on Slimane's choice. If change wasn't enough, the couture line will see the return of Yves Saint Laurent label that the current creative director decided to change in 2012.

Yves Saint Laurent Couture campaign by Hedi Slimane
To add to the overall feeling of confusion, the couture collection campaign is still bearing the Saint Laurent logo and not "Yves Saint Laurent" that would seem logical considering the above mentioned changes... After all, why insult the legacy of somebody once if you can do it twice? Right?

Here are just a few looks that became a part of the magnificent Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture show, a tribute to an artist who never thought of his work as art.

Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via fashioned by love / british fashion blog
I've always respected Slimane and admired his creativity, but feel that this move is a step too far and not in the right direction considering the facts.

Photo source: Yves Saint Laurent Couture campaign by Hedi Slimane via Vogue, images of Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2002 Haute Couture collection via Stylebistro

4 comments:

  1. I truly don't know what to say about this news. I have always loved Hedi Slimane and certainly the work he has done for Saint-Laurent has kept me a great fan of the brand but this... it all just seems so unnecessary.
    xox,
    Cee

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  2. Мир моды.... Особенно высокой моды никогда не был только прекрасным,творческим,безумно вдохновляющим миром! К сожалению..... Или нет.
    Я посмотрела фильм который Вы разместили здесь,Наташенька со слезами,честно...
    Как много в глазах и движениях самого Ив Сен Лоран сказано,как много сердца и сама жизнь проходит перед глазами.
    Последняя коллекция это пожалуй как собирательный образ блистательно талантливого,вечно прекрасного художника в моде-Ив Сен Лоран!
    Спасибо за восхитительный пост Вам!

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  3. Such beautiful clothes:)that black Cape with pink lining! <3

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  4. I adore the classic YSL you highlighted here! Stunning! It is very confusing with this announcement. I am writing about fashion and couture also, I hope you will stop by. You have a beautiful blog. Love this!

    Http://leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

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