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VIDEO: Watch Hedi Slimane’s First Saint Laurent Short Film

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Fashion Designers, Models, Videos

It was only a matter of time before Hedi Slimane put out his first short film for Saint Laurent since having taken over the reigns there. Low and behold, it is here!

Simply titled Dance the black-and-white (no surprise there) short features model Gracie Van Gastel showing off some serious hoop skills set against music from Clementine Creevy of Cherry Glazerr. Watch for yourself and share your thoughts on Slimane's first video for the legendary French fashion house!

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Cathy Horyn Continues to Blast Slimane’s Saint Laurent Collections

Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2013The feud between Hedi Slimane and New York Times critic Cathy Horyn continues, as the Saint Laurent fashion designer banned her again from his show in Paris.

Unfortunately for Slimane, the slight downside to an age where a show's images are immediately uploaded onto the internet for all to see is the fact that it helps someone like Horyn to be able to critique the show without having been there.

Horyn began with lambasting Slimane's decision to remove "Yves" from the label's name - something that had previously caused many raised eyebrows in the fashion world: "One of the first things the new designer, Hedi Slimane, did was to remove “Yves” from the label, thereby severing a symbolic connection to the founder, and everything he stood for, like good taste and feminine power."

She then went on to blast the clothes, which she pointed out were disliked by others, too: "Many people said the clothes looked like stuff sold at Topshop or a thrift store, while others defended Mr. Slimane’s approach and identified pieces, like a pink fur chubby, that relate back to Yves’s designs of the late ’60s and early ’70s, when he got ideas — say, for a pea coat — from the street. It’s doubtful that customers will make that connection, but such comments serve to validate what Mr. Slimane has done."

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Gaspard Ulliel Cast as Yves Saint Laurent

Gaspard Ulliel Yves Saint Laurent

After a "huge audition [process]," French actor Gaspard Ulliel - whom you may recall from Gus Van Sant's heartbreakingly sweet short in Paris, Je T'aime - has been cast as the lead in an upcoming biopic of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Announced this past year at the Cannes Film Festival, the film - directed by Bertrand Bonello - will go into production this spring. Although there is neither a formal script nor screenplay just yet, the film is expected to focus on the designer's life from the mid-Sixties to about 1976.

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Items Du Jour: Jennifer Aniston Signs a Hair Deal, Blake’s Ring Unveiled

Alexa Chung+ Because fashion and caffeine go hand-in-hand, Rodarte has designed a limited-edition collection of gift cards, mugs, tote bags, and sleeves for Starbucks just in time for the holiday season. The products hit stores on November 13.

+ Alexa Chung spills some details on her upcoming fashion book. Reports have named her upcoming literary venture as a "style bible," but Chung is quick to correct the gossip.

+ Not only is Jennifer Aniston the new face for hair product line Living Proof, but she has also signed on as a co-owner! The fact that the products were partly designed by an MIT professor does sound like it's a safe bet.

+ Plus-size model Robyn Lawley flaunts her curves in a cool editorial for Australian Cosmopolitan.

+ Hedi Slimane takes some time off his designing duties to snap up Anja Rubik for the newly-renamed Saint Laurent Paris' black-and-white editorial.

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Hedi Slimane Returning to YSL Branding

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News

Hedi SlimaneHedi Slimane is to take Yves Saint Laurent back to its "original branding."

The fashion house's new creative director - who announced yesterday the brand will be renamed Saint Laurent Paris - plans to use the same fonts and similar nomenclature used in the 1960s as part of a bid to push forward while remaining true to the iconic company's heritage.

"This is to restore the house to its truth, purity and essence - and taking it into a new era while respecting the original principles and ideals," a spokesperson added of the return to original branding.

The Yves Saint Laurent name will continue to be used for "institutional" purposes, and the YSL logo will remain the same as its original 1961 version.
The changes have the backing of Yves Saint Laurent's former partner Pierre Bergé, who is pleased that previous creative director Stefano Pilati has been replaced.

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Jessica Chastain to Represent New Yves Saint Laurent Fragrance

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, Health & Beauty, News

Jessica ChastainJessica Chastain is the new face of Yves Saint Laurent.

The Help actress was "thrilled" to be named the ambassadress of the iconic French fashion house's latest perfume, Manifesto.

The flame-haired beauty - who shot to international fame in 2011 thanks to her role in Terrance Malik's The Tree Of Life alongside Brad Pitt - commented, "Yves Saint Laurent is a brand that inspires me deeply. Since its creation, the brand has conveyed strong values that I cherish, such as an unwavering commitment, absolute love and feminine audacity.This new fragrance is an emblem of it all. I am thrilled to be part of this beautiful adventure."

Manifesto will be introduced in France on August 27 and the rest of Europe in September. The perfume will be available in the US in 2013.

"We were won over by the very subtle strength of Jessica Chastain, her solar charm, her free mind. Jessica embodies the quintessence of Saint Laurent's femininity, a woman of her day and age, independent, determined, never where you expect her to be," Stephan Bezy, international general manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, told WWD.

Hedi Slimane to Debut First YSL Collection to Buyers Only

Hedi SlimaneHedi Slimane will debut his first Yves Saint Laurent collection to buyers only.

The French designer - who was named as the French fashion house's new creative director in March, replacing Stefano Pilati - has invited buyers to see his spring menswear and women's cruise collections in late June/early July. However, the public will have to wait until September for the launch of his womenswear Spring/Summer 2013 range at a catwalk show during Paris Fashion Week.

Paul Deneve, chief executive officers of Yves Saint Laurent, recently said Hedi's appointment is the start of a "promising new chapter" in the history of the company, but Pierre Berge, a former partner of YSL, has warned the designer has his work cut out at the fashion house. "It's a great problem, very complicated, to recreate the work of a genius. Like trying to rewrite Faulkner. To put your stamp on the name of Yves Saint Laurent requires someone who has talent, conviction, rigor, a demanding nature and a great sense of colour," he explained.

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No Regrets for Stefano Pilati

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Stefano PilatiStefano Pilati has no regrets about leaving Yves Saint Laurent.

The designer - who joined YSL as design director in 2000 after stints at Giorgio Armani, Prada and Miu Miu, and took over from the then-creative director Tom Ford in 2004 - parted ways with the company earlier this month and was replaced by Hedi Slimane but says he is content with how things have worked out.

"I am really good. I am really happy, which is something very unusual for me in a sense that I never believed that it could have been possible to feel happy, at least under these kinds of circumstances. It's pretty beautiful what happened to me. I found myself working and being supported and encouraged by amazing people I always admired and still admire. I found myself at the end of this chapter and don't regret one minute. I find myself with this amazing experience. I want to use it for something that makes me feel that I am part of this moment and that helps me to continue."

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Hedi Slimane’s ‘Tough Job’ at YSL

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Hedi SlimaneHedi Slimane faces a tough job at Yves Saint Laurent, according to Pierre Berge. The designer was recently named as the French fashion house's new creative director and while Berge - the former partner of Yves Saint Laurent - thinks he's a great choice, he knows he has his work cut out.

"It's a great problem, very complicated, to recreate the work of a genius. Like trying to rewrite Faulkner. To put your stamp on the name of Yves Saint Laurent requires someone who has talent, conviction, rigor, a demanding nature and a great sense of color," he told T Magazine.

But Berge - who has always been a Slimane fan - knows the French-born sartorialist will not disappoint and will cope with the pressure put on him: "He is a man of talent who can preserve the genius and legacy of Yves Saint Laurent."

Paul Deneve, chief executive officers of Yves Saint Laurent, has previously said of Slimane - who used to head up Dior Homme - was the perfect person for the job. "Hedi Slimane's exceptional talent and understanding of the spirit of Yves Saint Laurent heralds a promising new chapter in the story of the maison."

Lenny Kravtiz’s Tom Ford Inspiration

Lenny Kravitz in The Hunger GamesLenny Kravitz was inspired by Tom Ford to play stylist Cinna in The Hunger Games.

The singer-and-actor had not heard about the Suzanne Collins novel - which tells the tale of a future world where youngsters are made to fight to the death for TV audiences - but wanted to make his character as toned down as possible so he wasn't "too outrageous."

"I'll be quite frank with you - I didn't know about Hunger Games - so when I'm telling kids and they say, 'Who are you playing?' and I say Cinna, they go, 'Oh you're playing the gay guy.' The question was 'How far do we go with him?' The idea was to pull it back and create a character that's more like a Tom Ford or an Yves Saint Laurent so he wouldn't be too outrageous. He's classic, he's got his gold eyeliner. I kind of played him in the middle."

The 47-year-old star did not go into the role thinking that the character was gay, but merely eccentric. "I thought about it, and I read the book and I don't see that he is or isn't [gay]. He's a designer, he's a stylist, he has gold eyeliner-that doesn't mean anything either way."