Thursday, May 20, 2010

YSL Spring 2005 - part 2

When Stefano Pilati's first YSL collection (which I thought was so vibrant and colorful) came out, I was a student. I had to do a presentation, and I picked Yves Saint Laurent out of a hat. I groaned. Now understand how influential the "Tom Ford Era" was to me. I didn't know much about Saint Laurent, by this time, SL famously shut his atelier, was very reclusive, and most importantly, he did not like Tom Ford. To me, SL was just a mean old jerk. But nobody would trade me. I had to visit the shop as part of the assignment. Now the YSL Bal Harbor shop still had the all black glossy Tom Ford look. This was the collection selling at the time. I remember this collection. I remember these shoes. And I'm glad for getting Yves Saint Laurent, because I ended up having a new found respect for him.

images via tfs and wikipedia


  1. Yves Saint Laurent's actual designs were a pretty distant concept to me too by the time he retired. I had vague impressions of Helmut Newton shots of his Le Smoking and his Mondrian shifts but that was it. What always stood out for me was the kind of mood his collections evoked.

    I remember loving some things about Stefano Pilati's first collection at first sight but hating a lot of other things. Eventually, I ended up loving a lot of it. I think his work for YSL is more interesting and relevant to the YSL legacy, than Tom Ford's, whom I prefer at Gucci. Stefano Pilati has that romanticism about him that reminds me of YSL.

  2. I can relate. There used to be brands whose clothes I didn't even look at, but the situation turned around when I actually learned about them, their history, ideas and principles. Big names aren't big for nothing.

  3. Interesting post and comments. I've been mesmerized w/ YSL design aesthetic since my fashion school days in the mid 80s. However, I never closely followed the careers of Ford and Pilati, as my YSL design preferences were from before their time; of course, now one would call it 'vintage' YSL.
    Ford, Pilati, or pre-both, there's a certain flair w/ YSL- a particular look that is hard to mistake for any other label.

  4. i've never had an avid interest in fashion until recently and am still learning a lot. it's interesting that you, though your education was (evidently) so closely tied to style and fashion, also were able to learn a lot. do you find that still to be the case? or do you think that the aesthetics we are being presented with now are often reclaimed from the past?

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  6. Yves Saint Laurent's contributions to fashions are astounding - think Le Smoking Suit, the Safari Jacket, and his stint at Dior which began when he was only 19!! YSL is such a good name to have picked!!

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  7. I'd initially wrote a long rambling comment.
    I'll summarize:
    Now that I'm in my late 30s I have much more of an appreciation for YSL than I did when I started out 25 years ago. So, either YSL appeals to women in their 30s or Stefano Pilati has revved things up a bit. Probably both.


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