News of Hedi Slimane's plan to drop the 'Yves' from Yves Saint Laurent didn't go down particularly well but it looks like the move has one big supporter. Last week Pierre Bergé spoke out in favour of the change telling Fashionista:
I am very, very happy today to have Hedi Slimane because he is a great fashion designer and he has a great talent, a huge talent. I like him, he is a friend and he worked for Saint Laurent a long time ago and he’s a member of the family, of the YSL family.
Just in case you're unfamiliar with him, Bergé was Yves Saint Lauren't business and romantic partner. Over the years he's been publicly critical of many of the house's former creative directors and has made a point of trying to ensure that the memory of the founder is maintained so his endorsement of the move came as quite the surprise. 'I'm very happy,' he told WWD. 'Anything that makes the house more Saint Laurent is welcome.'
If you're a fan of fashion documenatries, we come bearing good news. Next year will see the release of French documentary 'Yves Saint Laurent L'Amour Fou'. According to Fashionologie, 'The film chronicles the story of Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge all the way through Berge's decision to sell their multimillion dollar private art collection upon the designer's death, through rare archives and exclusive images' and interviews with the designer's muses will appear."
The rumours that Stefano Pilati is on his way out at YSL are continuing, but that's just the beginning of the fashion drama that's swirling post-fashion month. First, for Stefano. According to Hint mag, the designer actually just signed a contract for three more years at the helm of the label. Hint also hears that Hedi Slimade, Christophe Decarnin and Raf Simons were previously approached to take Pilati's job, but they declined because Yves Saint Laurent's partner, Pierre Bergé, wants simply to shut down the label.
According to Hint (via The Cut): "He'd rather see it killed and the legacy remain untouchable, observed only from afar through exhibitions, films, auctions, etc. As his foundation still controls the YSL archives, he can and does make life difficult for whomever wants a closer look at the house's DNA. Furthermore, while the CEO of YSL is an excellent businesswoman, she is, as they say, a ball-breaker. So the job isn't a walk in the park, to say the least."
That's stage one of the rumours. Now, for the musical chairs. Hint is holding onto rumours we've heard before stating that Karl Lagerfeld's imminent departure from Chanel will set into motion a real shake-up among design houses. Supposedly, when Lagerfeld celebrates his 30th year at Chanel in 2012, he'll retire with a bang. From there, Hint suggests, Alber Elbaz from Lanvin will step into his role, and Olivier Theyskens (whom we always root for) will fill the gap at Lanvin. The more the rumblings stick around, the more they make sense. But take notes. It might be hard to keep up for the next few years.
Want a piece of Yves Saint Laurent's lavish country lifestyle? This week in Paris, nearly 1,200 of the late designer's personal belongings from the Normandy retreat he shared with Pierre Bergé will hit the auction block.
The collection is expected to collect €3 to 4 million, and though that's just a scratch when compared to the €370 million collection from the sale from his Parisian apartment, the Chateau Gabriel pieces are said to be more personal. Everything from Napoleon III furniture to alabaster night lights to pots and pans will go under the hammer.
Some of the smaller of the items, including enamelled glass vases, are expected to sell for €300, but crocodile Hermès suitcases could draw €4,000 to €6,000. Bergé's mahogany bed could bring €10,000 to €15,000, according to estimates published in the Guardian, while a Dutch chandelier is expected to reach a price of €50,000, and a Fernand Léger painting could bring €120,000. Do you have your chequebooks ready?
It's true. The late designer is set to be honoured in a new stage production, put together by Alain Chamfort and Pierre-Dominique Burgaud. Expect song and dance about the guru's rise of fame, beginning with his Christian Dior days and moving on to couture. According to Saint Laurent's partner, Pierre Berge, the music is 'very good' and 'moving'.
It's been less than a year since Saint Laurent passed away after battling brain cancer. Could this be just the tribute the fashion world needs?