Written By , on October 24, 2010

This Season there is an incredibly high number of retrospective exhibitions, anniversaries and book launches celebrating careers and talent in fashion. As you saw I went to the Maison Martin Margiela exhibition celebrating 20 years, Cavalli is celebrating his 40th year in the industry in practically every city. (If you are going to celebrate, do it in style best describes that one) Yves Saint Laurent had an epic run at the Petit Palais, Paris from March to August, but then he deserves all the time you can give as one of the founders’ of modern style. It would be difficult to drink in the whole exhibit in one go, plenty of reason to go back to Paris in my view.

The biggie in Paris this season was masked ball for the marking of French Vogue’s 90th anniversary. Everyone pulled out all the stops to shine. None more so than Anna dello Russo, in a custom made Gareth Pugh headdress and gown from Pucci. Tyra Banks went for the drama but with a recession busting piece for her mask – an old pair, well maybe she splashed out for the occasion,  of fishnets stretched over her head.

source:wishtv.com photographer:AP/Laurent Cipriani

source:wishtv.com photographer:AP/Laurent Cipriani

No doubt there will be a book to accompany the celebrations. With this, a belated birthday to Matthew Williamson, who also has a book released. Long time friend and muse Sienna Miller wrote the forward and the main author is fashion historian Colin McDowell. Inside there are countless pages illustrating his work using trademark vivid colour, from mood boards to fashion shoots. Rather than just images, at the beginning of each chapter there is text from various fashion insiders and friends as well as the reflective words from Colin McDowell.

Later in the year we can expect books from Cavalli, Kenzo (another anniversary) and in the Spring, Hussein Chalayan’s offering. This will be a personal favourite having had the pleasure of working on one of his runway shows.

As well as the book, there is an exhibition of photographs from Williamson’s work at Somerset House until February 2011.  I have a habit of leaving these things until its too late. Margiela, last day, Chalayan I actually missed – lets see if I can actually get to that one before the last day.

Emily Jerman lives in London and is a freelance stylist/writer and contributor to Papierblog. For further details visit : www.emilyjerman.com


Written By , on June 4, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent Opium Perfume

Another great YSL shoot from yesteryear. This one was for the OPIUM perfume brand of a couple of years ago. It was shot by Solve Sundsbo and features Kate Moss.


Written By , on June 3, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent

Our sister international site featured a YSL ad from 2003 and so to Cam-Ling I wanted to send a special my favorite message to you. Of all the YSL stuff ads this one with Gemma Ward has to be a personal favorite. One can only imagine the amount of fun you can have trying to walk in this ultra beautiful dress.

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Written By , on June 3, 2008

Yves Saint laurent

The Toronto Star has an article today on Yves Saint Laurent entitled The Henry Ford of Fashion. While this was not to intimate that Laurent made a one size fits all approach to fashion, it does look at how Laurent’s DNA is now in the garment of almost every high end item to this very day. From the ubiquitous pant suit with bow front blouses, to the powerful blazer, Saint Laurent went above and beyond the call of duty to make women feel relevant in business through fashion. Here’s an excerpted quote from the article:

“His collections always had a spectacular theme. It was over the top but wearable. You couldn’t be shy to wear his clothing. The jewels were big and brilliant. Capes had huge, dramatic collars. It was drop dead clothing. I had three peasant skirts in silk moiré. I still have a tuxedo and an embroidered Russian-theme velvet suit. Over the years I’ve parted with things, much to my chagrin.”

Read the entire article here.


Written By , on June 2, 2008

In this rare footage of Yves Saint Laurent, we are reminded of his greatness. A man given the reigns to one of the most prestigious houses in the world, at just 16. A man who not only changed the way we dressed, but changed the way we interpreted fashion. In the words of Dries Van Noten: “Every designer has taken so much of Saint Laurent. Saint Laurent is in everything we do.”
Yves Saint Laurent, 1962


Written By , on June 2, 2008

With the news of Yves Saint Laurent’s death yesterday I wanted to take a look at some of his more memorable advertisements over the years. Today we look at the Rive Gauche ad from 2003. See the ad in full below:

Yves Saint Laurent


Written By , on June 1, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent

This extremely sad news was published today. Yves Saint Laurent has died at the age of 71. There’s a detailed obit of Yves Saint Laurent on USA Today. Read it here.