Thursday, 12 May 2011

L'Amour Fou (Crazy Love)

If you're a lover of fashion you will be interested to hear that there is another fashion documentary to add to your viewing list. 

Yves Saint Laurent was one of the designers - along with Christian Dior and Coco Chanel - who turned Paris into a fashion capital.  He left us with the most used quote, "...Fashions fade, style is eternal;" and a cache of iconic styles ranging through 40 years of work including the Safari jacket, Le Smoking tuxedo, sheer chiffon blouses and thigh high boots.

Together with his business partner and lover Pierre Berge whom he met in 1958 whilst still working at Dior, the very shy Yves went on to live a gilded lifestyle in the very public life of fashion.  We get a glimpse into their private relationship and their stunning homes in Paris, Marrakesh (where he drew inspiration from), and Normandy.  We get to see footage from past collections and home videos; we get to see a spectacular art collection which included works by Picasso and Matisse amongst others.  Whilst filming the art collection was being prepared for sale by famous auction house Christies to raise funds for AIDS research in 2009.   There is also an interesting insight into how the YSL logo came about and how it resembles a $ symbol and therefore a good omen; indeed an excellent omen in hindsight!
The documentary is being released in New York this week and will be released on DVD in Australia on 15 June.  I for one, will be grabbing a copy and keeping next to my other great fashion flicks.  Did you know also there is a YSL colouring book?  Available through 
More Screen fashion-
Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)
Coco avant Chanel (2009)
A Single Man (2009)
The September Issue (2009)
PS: there is work being done currently for an untitled Vivienne Westwood film which has Kate Winslet set to play Vivienne in this biopic.  Can't wait for that!

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