Loulou & Yves

The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent

Author: Christopher Petkanas

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250161428

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 2257

No one interested in fashion, style, or the high-flying intrigues of café society will want to miss the exuberantly entertaining oral biography Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent, by Christopher Petkanas. Dauntless,“in the bone” style made Loulou de La Falaise one of the great fashion firebrands of the twentieth century. Descending in a direct line from Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, she was celebrated at her death in 2011, aged just sixty-four, as the “highest of haute bohemia,” a feckless adventuress in the art of living—and the one person Yves Saint Laurent could not live without. Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) was the most influential designer of his times; possibly also the most neurasthenic. In an exquisitely intimate, sometimes painful personal and professional relationship, Loulou de La Falaise was his creative right hand, muse, alter ego and the virtuoso behind all the devastatingly flamboyant accessories that were a crucial component of the YSL “look.” For thirty years, until his retirement in 2002, Yves relied on Loulou to inspire him with the tilt of her hat, make him laugh and talk him off the ledge—the enchanted formula that brought him from one historic collection to the next. “Her presence at my side is a dream,” Yves declares in Loulou & Yves. “I trust her reactions. Sometimes they are violent but always positive... I bounce ideas off her and they come back clearer and things begin to happen.” Yves’s many tributes shape Loulou’s memory, as if everything there was to know about this fugitive, Giacometti-like figure could be told by her clanking bronze cuffs, towering fur toques, the turquoise boulders on her fingers and her working friendship with the man who put women in pants. But parallel to this storyline runs another, darker one, lifting the veil on Loulou, a classic “number two” with a contempt for convention, and exposing the underbelly of fashion at its highest level. Behind Yves’s encomiums are a pair of aristocrat parents—Loulou’s shiftless French father and menacingly chic English mother—who abandoned her to a childhood of foster care and sexual abuse straight out of “Les Misérables”; Loulou’s recurring desperation to leave Yves and go out on her own; and the grandiose myths surrounding her family. Loulou felt that her life had been kidnapped by the operatic workings of the House of Saint Laurent, and in her last years danced with financial ruin. Delving beyond the “official” version of her life, Loulou & Yves unspools an elusive fashion idol—nymphomaniacal, heedless and up to her bracelets in coke and Boizel champagne—at the core of what used to be called “le beau monde.” On the theory that everyone loves a cocktail party, Loulou & Yves traces her life chronologically through the charming literary device of oral biography, in which the spoken memories of more than two hundred “voices”—husbands, lovers, extended family, friends, enemies, slightly less bitter detractors, colleagues, groupies, pundits, and hangers-on—are seamlessly interwoven with those of Yves and Loulou themselves. Readers mingle at the party as invited guests, listening in on Andy Warhol and Karl Lagerfeld and collecting clues from Mick Jagger and Tom Ford as the narrative unfolds. Topping the A-list of figures who tell Loulou’s story in their own words, uncensored, are Cecil Beaton, Diana Vreeland, Thadée Klossowski, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Hubert de Givenchy, Manolo Blahnik, Diane von Furstenberg, Elsa Peretti, Betty Catroux, John Richardson, Alber Elbaz, Christian Louboutin, Grace Coddington, Ben Brantley, Bruce Chatwin, Lady Annabel Goldsmith, André Leon Talley, and Pierre Bergé. In a fluent round of sparkling conversation, author Christopher Petkanas brings them all together for a party that swirls around one of the most scintillating women the fashion world has ever known. “She’s the sounding board,” Yves rhapsodizes of his second self in Loulou & Yves, a sweeping, waspish work of fashion and social history. “She’s never wrong.”
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Loulou & Yves

The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent

Author: Christopher Petkanas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 125005169X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 6421

"Dauntless 'in the bone style' made Loulou de La Falaise one of the great fashion firebrands of the twentieth century. Descending in a direct line from Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, she was celebrated at her death in 2011, aged just sixty-four, as the 'highest of haute bohemia,' a feckless adventuress in the art of living--and the one person Yves Saint Laurent could not live without ... [She] was his creative right hand, muse, alter ego, and the virtuoso behind all the ... accessories that were a crucial component of the YSL 'look'"--Amazon.co
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Loulou de la Falaise

Author: Ariel de Ravenel,Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni,Alexandre Wolkoff

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

ISBN: 0847843297

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 271

View: 1406

"Loulou de La Falaise, fashion icon and muse to Yves Saint Laurent, was the embodiment of French chic ... the Anglo-French beauty's influence carried a breath of fresh air to the world of Parisian haute couture ... For almost forty years [she] designed extraordinary jewelry and accessories both for Yves Saint Laurent as well as for her own line"--Publisher's description.
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Yves Saint Laurent

A Biography

Author: Alice Rawsthorn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780006383963

Category: Costume design

Page: 405

View: 1495

An in-depth analysis of the business empire set up by Yves Saint Laurent's lover Pierre Berge and an insight into the life of a tragic 20th-century genius.
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Yves Saint Laurent

Author: Roxanne Lowit,Pierre Berge

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500517604

Category: Design

Page: 208

View: 6888

Presents a photographic history of the legendary fashion designer and his creations from 1978, the year the photographer first met him, to the last show he gave in 2002.
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Vogue on Yves Saint Laurent

Author: Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1613128223

Category: Design

Page: 160

View: 2645

Originally born in Algeria, Yves Saint Laurent moved to Paris when he was 18, and only three years later he was handpicked by Christian Dior to take the reins as designer of his fashion house. Over time, Saint Laurent resurrected haute couture from the casual mores that predominated in the 1960s, but also offered chic cachet to ready-to-wear clothing. He was among the earliest of designers to incorporate non-European references into his work, and in 1983 he became the first living designer to be feted with a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Vogue on Yves Saint Laurent is a stellar volume in the series from the editors of British Vogue, featuring 20,000 words of original biography and history and studded with more than 80 images from their unique archive of images taken by leading photographers.
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The Beautiful Fall

Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris

Author: Alicia Drake

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 0316068926

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 8115

"Deliciously dramatic... The Beautiful Fall crackles with excitement."-New York Times Book Review In the 1970s, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. Amid sequins and longing, celebrities and aspirants flocked to the heart of chic, and Paris became a hothouse of revelry, intrigue, and searing ambition. At the center of it all were fashion's most beloved luminaries - Yves Saint Laurent, the reclusive enfant terrible, and Karl Lagerfeld, the flamboyant freelancer with a talent for reinvention - and they divided Paris into two fabulous halves. Their enduring rivalry is chronicled in this dazzling exposé of an era: of social ambitions, shared obsessions, and the mesmerizing quest for beauty. "Fascinating." -New York Times "Addictive." -Philadelphia Inquirer "It's like US Weekly, 1970s style." -Gotham "A story constructed as exquisitely as a couture dress. . . . It moves stylishly forward, with frequent over-the-shoulder glances at some very dishy background." -Boston Globe
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Yves Saint Laurent

Author: Jéromine Savignon,Bernard Blistène,Florence Müller,Farid Chenoune,Musée du Petit Palais (Paris, France)

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 385

View: 8575

Yves Saint Laurent was an artist who worked in the sphere of fashion, and whose entire life was devoted to a quest for perfection. His entire creative output is featured in this book
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Yves Saint Laurent

Author: Pierre Bergé,Yves Saint Laurent

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 78

View: 7310

Foreword by Grace Mirabella.
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All About Yves

Author: Catherine Ormen

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781786271242

Category: Design

Page: 128

View: 9109

Yves Saint Laurent is one of the world's most famous designers, who's haute couture collections have deeply marked society and revolutionized the image of women. All About Yves documents the life of this great designer, from his childhood, to the seminal moments of his career, up until his death in 2008. This one-of-a-kind book includes unseen sketches and photographs of Saint Laurent's key collections, as well as fascinating removable documents that include handwritten letters, paper dolls, contact sheets, magazines, and invitations. All About Yves was compiled in collaboration with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent and is essential reading for those with a passion for YSL.
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Yves Saint Laurent 5, Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris , France

Author: David Teboul

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 540

View: 8570

Follows the fashion couturier's preparations for his 2002 spring collections as documented in his upcoming film, providing never-before-published quotes, photographs from his early years, and pages from his mother's scrapbook.
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Yves Saint Laurent and Fashion Photography

Author: Yves Saint Laurent

Publisher: Te Neues Publishing Group

ISBN: N.A

Category: Photography

Page: 232

View: 8084

The world's most talented photographers and prestigious models grace the pages of this classic volume that celebrates Yves Saint Laurent's illustrious career, reprinted in a smaller format on the eve of his fortieth anniversary. From pret-a-porter to haute couture, from the runway to the studio to the earth's most exotic settings, images from nearly fifty photographers, including Richard Avedon, Horst, Peter Lindbergh, Duane Michals, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Francesco Scavullo, Snowdon, and Bruce Weber bring YSL's renowned creations to glorious life. One of the few designers who has brought fashion to the level of an art, Yves Saint Laurent has amassed a body of work that speaks to every woman who appreciates beauty. Documenting a career of history-making photography and design, this classic volume displays not only that broad appeal and ingenuity, but the combined efforts of the world's most talented fashion photographers in a book that is as beautiful and rewarding as one of Yves Saint Laurent's creations.
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Yves Saint Laurent

The Perfection of Style

Author: Florence Muller

Publisher: Skira Rizzoli

ISBN: 9780847849420

Category:

Page: 168

View: 5809

An intimate look at the famed designer and his work, revealing his artistic process and influence. Modernizing haute couture. Pioneering high-end ready-to-wear. Bringing masculine ease to women s clothing. Legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent s reputation precedes him but what of the man behind the work? Fashion historian and YSL expert Florence Muller traces Saint Laurent s career, from aspiring designer to Christian Dior s protege to director of his own fashion house from 1961 until 2002. The book emphasizes the designer s creative process his inspirations, the conception and fabric selection, the various stages of fitting and production and takes the reader behind the scenes of the atelier. Also featured are original sketches, runway shots, and never-before-published photographs of Saint Laurent at work, as well as new photography of iconic YSL designs from the exhibition, including the first Tuxedo pantsuit (1966), the Safari tunic (1968), the Mondrian dress (1965), and the Wesselmann dress (1966). The book also includes a 1991 interview from" Le Figaro" with the late designer. This focused exploration shows how Saint Laurent s radical clothes for the modern woman presented here in gorgeous detail continue to inspire fashion lovers and fans of art and design for their innovation and perfection of style."
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Madame Claude

Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and Power

Author: William Stadiem

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250122406

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 4158

The life of Madame Claude, the brilliant and complicated and utterly amoral woman behind the most glamorous and successful escort service in the world. In post-WWII Paris, Madame Claude ran the most exclusive finishing school in the world. Her alumnae married more fortunes, titles and famous names than any of the Seven Sisters. The names on her client list were epic—Kennedy, Rothschild, Agnelli, Onassis, Niarchos, Brando, Sinatra, McQueen, Picasso, Chagall, Qaddafi, the Shah, and that's just for starters. By the 1950s, she was the richest and most celebrated self-made woman in Europe, as much of a legend as Coco Chanel. Born Fernande Grudet, a poor Jewish girl in the aristocratic chateau city of Angers, the future Madame led a life of high adventure—resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor, gun moll of the Corsican Mafia and erstwhile streetwalker—before becoming the ultimate broker between beauty and power. She harnessed the emerging postwar technology of the telephone to create the concept of the call girl. But Madame Claude wasn't just selling sex—she was the world's ultimate matchmaker, the Dolly Levi of the Power Elite. She was also one of the most controversial—and most wanted—women in the world. Now, through his own conversations with the woman herself and interviews with the great men and remarkable women on whom she built her empire, social historian and biographer William Stadiem pierces the veil of Claude’s secret, forbidden universe of pleasure and privilege.
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Fashion Climbing

A Memoir with Photographs

Author: Bill Cunningham

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525558713

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 3698

The untold story of a New York City legend's education in creativity and style For Bill Cunningham, New York City was the land of freedom, glamour, and, above all, style. Growing up in a lace-curtain Irish suburb of Boston, secretly trying on his sister's dresses and spending his evenings after school in the city's chicest boutiques, Bill dreamed of a life dedicated to fashion. But his desires were a source of shame for his family, and after dropping out of Harvard, he had to fight them tooth-and-nail to pursue his love. When he arrived in New York, he reveled in people-watching. He spent his nights at opera openings and gate-crashing extravagant balls, where he would take note of the styles, new and old, watching how the gowns moved, how the jewels hung, how the hair laid on each head. This was his education, and the birth of the democratic and exuberant taste that he came to be famous for as a photographer for The New York Times. After two style mavens took Bill under their wing, his creativity thrived and he made a name for himself as a designer. Taking on the alias William J.--because designing under his family's name would have been a disgrace to his parents--Bill became one of the era's most outlandish and celebrated hat designers, catering to movie stars, heiresses, and artists alike. Bill's mission was to bring happiness to the world by making women an inspiration to themselves and everyone who saw them. These were halcyon days when fashion was all he ate and drank. When he was broke and hungry he'd stroll past the store windows on Fifth Avenue and feed himself on beautiful things. Fashion Climbing is the story of a young man striving to be the person he was born to be: a true original. But although he was one of the city's most recognized and treasured figures, Bill was also one of its most guarded. Written with his infectious joy and one-of-a-kind voice, this memoir was polished, neatly typewritten, and safely stored away in his lifetime. He held off on sharing it--and himself--until his passing. Between these covers, is an education in style, an effervescent tale of a bohemian world as it once was, and a final gift to the readers of one of New York's great characters.
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Fabulous

The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric

Author: Madison Moore

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300204701

Category: Design

Page: 280

View: 6115

An exploration of what it means to be fabulous--and why eccentric style, fashion, and creativity are more political than ever Prince once told us not to hate him 'cause he's fabulous. But what does it mean to be fabulous? Is fabulous style only about labels, narcissism, and selfies--looking good and feeling gorgeous? Or can acts of fabulousness be political gestures, too? What are the risks of fabulousness? And in what ways is fabulous style a defiant response to the struggles of living while marginalized? madison moore answers these questions in a timely and fascinating book that explores how queer, brown, and other marginalized outsiders use ideas, style, and creativity in everyday life. Moving from catwalks and nightclubs to the street, moore dialogues with a range of fabulous and creative powerhouses, including DJ Vjuan Allure, voguing superstar Lasseindra Ninja, fashion designer Patricia Field, performance artist Alok Vaid‑Menon, and a wide range of other aesthetic rebels from the worlds of art, fashion, and nightlife. In a riveting synthesis of autobiography, cultural analysis, and ethnography, moore positions fabulousness as a form of cultural criticism that allows those who perform it to thrive in a world where they are not supposed to exist.
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Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971

Author: Olivier Saillard,Dominique Veillon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781419724657

Category:

Page: 176

View: 7082

On January 21, 1971, couturier Yves Saint Laurent presented his Spring-Summer haute couture collection. Inspired by the garments of the war years, the collection included short dresses, platform shoes, square shoulders, and exaggerated makeup. The show caused an outrage among the public, the critics, and the press alike, earning it the title of Paris s ugliest collection. Nevertheless, the haute couture designs of the runway made their way to the boulevards, giving full sway to the retro trend that quickly conquered the streets. "Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971" offers a behind-the-scenes look at the influential collection that drew fire in the fashion world from the collection s inspiration to the press coverage that followed. Beautifully illustrated and documented with well-researched essays, this book is enriched with personal interviews and archival photographs of the show, the models, the designs, and the textile and print samples, as well as sketches and international press clippings."
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At Home in France

Eating and Entertaining with the French

Author: Christopher Petkanas,Jean-Bernard Naudin

Publisher: Phoenix

ISBN: 9780753807088

Category: Cooking

Page: 240

View: 7409

Visit 18 French households, from Brittany to Provence, from farmhouse to apartment, and experience each setting's traditional cuisine rustique or haute cuisine. 70 recipes here include stuffed duck; fine cheese, orange chocolate cake, and succulent seafood.
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