The Creative Genius of Yves Saint Laurent

With Yves Saint Laurent’s vibrant Fall 1993 collection as a backdrop, Tim Blanks reflects on the master designer’s groundbreaking career, lavish lifestyle, and gorgeous muse Loulou de la Falaise.

Released on 12/4/2014

Credits

Starring: Tim Blanks
Featuring: Yves Saint Laurent and Loulou de la Falaise

Music:
"#1 In Heaven," by MNDR
"Soon," by Peter Black
"I Love You," by Letters

Transcript

00:00
(speaking French)
00:05
[LouLou] He thinks that if high fashion goes
00:07
on the way it is.
00:09
(speaking French)
00:13
It's like assassins.
00:15
♫ Oh you better step away
00:18
♫ Number one in heaven with a bullet
00:22
♫ I'll go for you when I can
00:23
♫ Tell them I'm smiling
00:28
This is Throwback Thursdays and I'm Tim Blanks
00:30
and if you fancy a little lesson in fashion history,
00:33
please subscribe to the style.com channel,
00:35
because I've got thousands of these tapes.
00:39
Today we're looking at Yves Saint Laurent from 1993.
00:42
It's a classic display of Saint Laurent's facility
00:44
with color, of his wonderful slightly twisted
00:48
bourgeoisie quality, but also the fearlessness, I think,
00:52
which is quite strong in this collection.
00:55
But, actually, that's not what really excites
00:57
me about this footage.
00:59
We have an interview with Saint Laurent himself,
01:02
which was a rare thing to begin with,
01:05
but his translator in this interview is his muse
01:08
and longtime co-conspirator, the absolutely wonderful
01:12
Loulou De La Falaise.
01:14
I asked Mr. Saint Laurent about the spirit
01:16
of the new collection.
01:18
(speaking French)
01:27
[LouLou] Joyfulness.
01:29
[Tim] You think that it's very very important
01:31
that there be great optimism at this particular time?
01:32
Absolutely.
01:35
[Tim] When I talk about fashion history,
01:36
what I'm meaning is that this is probably,
01:39
at the very least, one of the greatest designers
01:40
of the 20th century, and at the very least one of the
01:42
greatest fashion muses.
01:44
It's really worth finding books and reading about the lives
01:46
they lived, very very extreme lives.
01:50
You're looking at two people who paid a penalty for living
01:53
on the edge in their pursuit of beauty and perfection
01:56
for as long as they did.
01:57
(speaking French)
02:05
We're coming to a turning,
02:07
which might be fatal for some people.
02:10
[Tim] Saint Laurent sealed his place in history
02:12
with all the innovations he brought to womenswear.
02:15
The trouser suit, tuxedo dressing, safari wear.
02:20
He was incredibly good at absorbing what was happening
02:24
around him and alchemizing it into a new way of looking
02:29
at clothes.
02:30
This collection doesn't necessarily represent that.
02:33
It is towards the end of his career.
02:35
But what does come across here is, I think,
02:37
his skill as a colorist.
02:39
He put things together that didn't belong together
02:42
and made them look like the very newest
02:45
most modern thing.
02:47
You can wear it.
02:48
It's easy, it's sophisticated, it's what you need for
02:52
the day, what you would dream to be for the night.
02:54
It's wonderful.
02:55
Everything's just so beautiful.
02:57
The colors are beautiful, the cuts are beautiful,
02:59
the clothes are beautiful in general.
03:02
The entire story of the House of Saint Laurent
03:04
is possibly one of the most operatic
03:06
in the history of fashion.
03:08
There was so much betrayal and emotion and
03:12
destruction.
03:13
What you see in the show that we just looked at
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is clothing that was not particularly relevant
03:18
to its moment any longer.
03:20
But it was all there just waiting to be reactivated
03:24
and everyone who took over the label,
03:27
from Alber Elbaz to Tom Ford to Stefano Pilati,
03:31
to Hedi Slimane now, they were able to find
03:33
incredibly inspirational things that they could
03:37
turn to their own devices in the Saint Laurent legacy.
03:57
So that was me having my fanboy moment
03:59
with Yves and LouLou.
04:00
What do you think when you look at them together?
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You can leave a comment below if you want to.
04:04
This is Throwback Thursdays and I'm Tim Blanks.
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