An address as special as my recent find - a documentary I always wanted to see yet only managed to find last Wednesday and the one I will treasure from now on. This is a a glimpse into the rooms of 5 Avenue Marceau and the daily routine of the most iconic Parisian fashion houses where Yves Saint Laurent his team are working on the Spring/Summer 2001 couture collection.
Frankly, I find it difficult to choose the right words that would truly describe what I am feeling about this film directed by David Tebol in 2000 and hardly ever mentioned (if at all) in the recent years. Until now I've read so much about Yves, collected so many photos of both himself and his work, but nothing has prepared me to actually see him design - a part of fashion history that will never repeat itself, a moment we are fortunate enough to witness.
And then there's an atmosphere of the atelier. It's calm, there's "dark humour" and a laughter, there are tears, but very scarce, the studio with the famous table and mirrored wall, Moujik resting on his cushion, Loulou de la Falaise and her bundles of jewellery, the cigarette smoke, and phone ringing and the sounds of Paris outside the window, and then there's so much love and respect shared between the designer and his team, premiers and models that you can't help but feel it in your heart. Reading about this special bond in The Mirror & Secrets was one thing, watching it - is a totally different practically out of body experience.
I know it's grainy, I know it takes an hour, but I promise you that it will be one of the most enjoyable hours you'll ever spend in front of your screen. It's available on youtube - just follow the link to watch.
P.S. Oh, and look for a familiar face... Remember Florence Chehet, one of the premiers from the Dior & I documentary? Looks like her story began at Yves Saint Laurent...