Culture of Fashion: a look inside Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris



Yves Saint Laurent by Andy Warhol

A brief work trip to Paris a couple of weeks ago allowed me to experience the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Avenue Marceau, the former premises of YSL couture. Part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of Yves Saint Laurent, the latest exhibition, ‘Yves Saint Laurent au 5, avenue Marceau’ focuses on the archives and know-how of the designer and his coterie of technical specialists and as such is just a joy for process nerds.

From the first few rooms of sketches, through to rooms showcasing couture patterns, toiles, hat blocks, Polaroids and more sketches, you arrive at my favourite exhibit, a time capsule of Saint Laurent’s Studio, complete with reference books, fabrics, desk ephemera and other design essentials. A video shows him in situ, highlighting the exacting scene that you’re standing in front of.

Short videos towards the end of the exhibition show filmed conversations with his inner circle of designers and stylists. From these you get a real sense of the creativity and specificity of Saint Laurent’s vision and subsequently, a clue to his enduring success.

Below: The original gouache intertwined YSL logo designed by French-Ukrainian designer Adolphe Mouron Cassandre in 1961
YSL logo designed by Adolphe Mouron Cassandre

Walls of Saint Laurent’s design sketches, famed for their energetic verve
Saint Laurent’s design sketches
Yves Saint Laurent sketch

Canvas patterns on display alongside their corresponding envelopes (also containing sketches and fabric swatches), numbered and annotated by the heads of the ateliers
YSL canvas patterns
YSL patterns on display annotated by the heads of atelier

A room of hat blocks
A room of YSL hat blocks at Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris
YSL hat sketches

Toiles of Saint Laurent’s 1988 Cubist collection, a tribute to to Georges Braque
Toiles of Saint Laurent’s 1988 Cubist collection
Toiles of Saint Laurent’s 1988 Cubist collection
Sketches of Saint Laurent’s 1988 Cubist collection

My favourite part – the Studio preserved in its original spot, complete with books, desk ephemera and dog bowl on the floor (you’re not allowed to cross that white line)
Yves Saint Laurent design Studio

book shelves in the Yves Saint Laurent design Studio

Embroidery samples
YSL embroidery designs

Polaroids used to document ‘looks’ for the shows
YSL Polaroids used to document looks for the shows

Yves Saint Laurent au 5, avenue Marceau
is at Musée Yves Saint Laurent until 18th September. See more and book tickets here.

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The YouTube lifestyle sell-ebrities aren’t happy



Emma Chamberlain

“I just don’t like being famous. You’re lying to people to try to make them seem like you’re their friend for the sole purpose of selling things to them.”

This is a worthwhile read from Vox, on the tenuous career of YouTube influencers, of whom a minority make a profitable career from selling their lifestyle to followers, while the rest are burnt out, broke, cancelled and more. Read more here.

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Shop the post: The Outnet summer classics



The Outnet

Just putting together a few classic picks from The Outnet* as we segue into full-on summer mode. I was a bit late publishing this, so all the amazing The Row shirts and flat pumps have sold out but it’s worth signing up to the Outnet newsletter for next time.

In the meantime, there are lots of other summer staples to explore. White and cream midi dresses* seem to be a thing, to wear with The Outnet’s own Iris & Ink flats* or Jimmy Choo Mary Janes*. If you’re looking for shorts, try these black cotton-jacquard* ones from Joseph or the impeccable cream linen-blend twill* from Iris & Ink.

Lightweight knitwear is a must for unpredictable summer evenings – the short-sleeve ivory cashmere top* and charcoal cashmere roll neck* from N.Peal have a relaxed Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy vibe, accompanied by TOD’s versatile pebbled leather tote* (in a choice of neutrals) and elevated by Roger Vivier’s gamine patent-leather pump*.

Also noteworthy – this little black Aspesi crepe maxi dress* and Rag & Bone’s boyfriend jeans in ecru*. Oh, and the Roger Vivier cigarette case* – just because. You’re welcome.

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Highsnobiety’s Gatezero airport fashion store concept launches in Copenhagen



Gatezero CPH Copenhagen - airport fashion

“You could be at one of the best airports in the world and not be able to find a single brand that you normally shop at in the city you live in. For example, how is it possible that there’s no Aesop or Byredo? These are not niche brands anymore.”
David Fischer, Highsnobiety (more…)