Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress,
is the women who is wearing it.
Yves Saint Laurent
Hedi Slimane for YSL
It’s official. After weeks and weeks of speculation, Yves Saint Laurent has named Hedi Slimane its new creative director, effective immediately. The press release stated that Slimane will "assume total creative responsibility" at the house, but will also continue to pursue his career in photography. Slimane replaces Stefano Pilati, whose contract with the house ended monday after a successful — if sometimes rocky — eight years.
"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," CEO Paul Deneve said. Slimane, who worked earlier for YSL but left the company to become creative director at Dior Homme. His first outing for the label will be the Resort collection, presented in June. It will be his first womens collection, so we are beyond curious.
If it’s anything like his earlier work (ultra, ultraskinny suits that inspired Karl Lagerfeld to lose half his bodyweight) we can start throwing out anything over 5 calories per portion today. But hey, it’s almost spring, so it was on our list anyway.
pics by YSL & Hedi Slimane
YSL Mondriaan dress
Welcome to Amsterdam, YSL Mondriaan Dress!
Last week the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum bought the 1966 Mondriaan dress by Yves Saint Laurent on a auction at Christie’s London for 30.000 euro. Made of woollen tricot and inspired by the worldfamous minimalistic paintings of Piet Mondriaan. The form of dresses was slowly changing at that time (hello, the sixties!) from tailored into more ‘sacky’ designs. The planarity of the dress was an ideal field for primary colours, black lines and large colour blocks. Just like the flat planes of the canvases by the artist himself.
Yves Saint Laurent admired Mondriaan and owned 5 of his works. He once said: ‘Mondriaan is purity and one can go no further in purity in painting’.
[what] 1966 Mondriaan Dress by YSL [where] bought by Dutch Rijksmuseum from Christies London [when] will be part the Amsterdam collection from 2013, after re-opening
pics: Andy Worhal, Christies, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag