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Yves St. Laurent Global Retrospective to be held at Denver Art Museum

LouLou de LaFalaise, Yves St. Laurent & Marina Schiano

Denver Art Museum is the only museum in the United States to host the global retrospective of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent’s life and work. The exhibit of more than 200 outfits, plus drawings, video and more of the fashion designer works. It opens March 25, 2012. View more photos and styles Here


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Life without ‘Yves St. Laurent’

L'Amour Fou,' a life without Yves Saint Laurent The tender film follows the late designer's lifetime partner, businessman Pierre Bergé, as he prepares their extensive art collection for auction and comes to terms with Saint Laurent's death. During the last few years, we've seen a lot of fashion films — "Valentino: The Last Emperor," "Coco Before Chanel" and "The September Issue" among them. But "L'Amour Fou," which opens locally Friday, May 20, may be the most tender. It centers around Yves Saint Laurent's lifelong partner, businessman Pierre Bergé, as he comes to terms with the death of the designer. Filmmaker Pierre Thoretton uses the 2009 auction of their extravagant art collection to frame the story and bring up issues of love and loss, especially where they relate to material possessions. The film opens with Saint Laurent giving his televised retirement speech in 2002, during which he says he is proud to have created the modern women's wardrobe. For him, fashion exists not only to make women beautiful but "to reassure them so they can assert themselves." It's a quote from an era when designers seemed to have a loftier purpose. By designing practical pieces, such as safari jackets, trench coats, peasant blouses and Le Smoking suits, Saint Laurent "played a part in the transformation of his time." He also lived that time, the 1960s and '70s, to its jet-set fullest, with three lavish homes — in Paris, Marrakech and Normandy — and an art collection that fetched $483.8 million on the auction block. (The proceeds went to charity and to support the Fondation Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.) Why did Bergé sell it all after the designer's death in 2008? It's hard to tell. L’Amour Fou,’ a life without Yves Saint Laurent The tender film follows the late designer’s lifetime partner, businessman Pierre Bergé, as he prepares their extensive art collection for auction and comes to terms with Saint Laurent’s death. During the last few years, we’ve seen a lot of fashion films — “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” “Coco Before Chanel” and “The September Issue” among them. But “L’Amour Fou,” which opens locally Friday, May 20,  the most tender. It centers around Yves Saint Laurent’s lifelong partner, businessman Pierre Bergé, as he comes to terms with the death of the designer. Filmmaker Pierre Thoretton uses the 2009 auction of their extravagant art collection to frame the story and bring up issues of love and loss, especially where they relate to material possessions. The film opens with Saint Laurent giving his televised retirement speech in 2002, during which he says he is proud to have created the modern women’s wardrobe. For him, fashion exists not only to make women beautiful but “to reassure them so they can assert themselves.” It’s a quote from an era when designers seemed to have a loftier purpose. By designing practical pieces, such as safari jackets, trench coats, peasant blouses and Le Smoking suits, Saint Laurent “played a part in the transformation of his time.”  He also lived that time, the 1960s and ’70s, to its jet-set fullest, with three lavish homes — in Paris, Marrakech and Normandy — and an art collection that fetched $483.8 million on the auction block. (The proceeds went to charity and to support the foundation Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.) Why did Bergé sell it all after the designer’s death in 2008? It’s hard to tell. Read more about this Film

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