Monday, April 20, 2015

An eve with Yves Saint Laurent:

I'm sure most of you know the very talented designer and fashion brand Yves Saint Laurent. For those of you who don't, Yves was the first designer to introduce the iconic women's suit. On Wednesday night the LISOF students and staff were privileged to see a preview of the film about Yves Saint Laurent. The movie is now on circuit at Cinema Nouveau.

We were all invited to come in our interpretation of the iconic Le Smoking Tuxedo which Yves himself introduced. It was fun to see what everyone came up with. I decided to wear a cream suit instead of the usual black suit,  which was a hand me down from my sister. This was the first time I wore a suit and I accessorized it with a white laser cut out shirt from Saudi Arabia, my Steve Madden heels, a red clutch and of course a red lip.

As for the movie itself, it was far from the usual. The movie is not structured in the standard start middle and end manner but rather with flash backs and flash forwards of the designers life in the chaos and wonder that it amounted to the life and times of Yves Saint Laurent. SPOILER ALERT: the ending was flamboyant as models danced on the runway in colourful dresses by Yves which was by far my favourite part. To me the ending made up for the confusion and artsy way the scenes were presented in the beginning of the film. The last few scenes capture media personnel discussing their accusation of Yves being dead having died from a drug overdose. Although at this point this is not shocking news to the audience because the film depicts his misuse of drugs.

The movie ends with a close up of Yves smiling back at the media -and the audience- as they enter his design room, proving that the legend he is, is far from being dead. The movie reiterates that despite his passing thereafter the legend and brand Yves Saint Laurent continues...

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