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..."
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.
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.
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