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Yves Saint Laurent A/W 2010-2011 Manifesto

Yves Saint Laurent A/W 2010-2011 Manifesto

The Yves Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Manifesto will make an exclusive debut in the streets of New York on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, followed by a worldwide release on Saturday, September 18 in the streets of Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong and, for the first time, Beirut. In keeping with the introduction each season of a new city for the Manifesto distribution, Beirut serves as a unique showcase for this season’s project.

The Manifesto, now in its seven edition, was conceived to magnify the field and extend the reach of fashion. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the new manifesto features Daria Werbowy in the new AW10 Fall campaign. In a spirited gesture of
generosity and democracy, over half a million copies of the Manifesto will be distributed globally and to the first 2,000 passerby in each city with a custom cotton bag designed by Pilati.

After seven consecutive seasons of collaboration, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin with Stefano Pilati have established a visual iconography for Yves Saint Laurent with great momentum, breadth and depth, given added dimension this season through a short film shot
during the campaign that will be released online the week before the unveiling of the Manifesto.

The total evolution of this season’s Manifesto, featuring exclusive news and images will be relayed on, YSL’s official Facebook page and the YSL Twitter account. Downloads of the complete Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Manifesto will be available on as of Saturday, September 18. Finally, participants in and witnesses to the distribution in each city will be invited to submit images documenting the activity for consideration for an online gallery on Facebook and the Manifesto website.

This broad, inclusive revelation of Stefano Pilati’s Yves Saint Laurent at once engages in a dynamic, contemporary discourse by taking it to the street.

YSL x Puma Trainers

YSL x Puma TrainersYves Saint Laurent has joined forces with sister company Puma to create a high-top sneaker melding Stefano Pilati’s design prowess and the activewear firm’s technical expertise. The men’s style, available in black leather or gray suede, just arrived in YSL boutiques, however, in the U.S. it will be sold exclusively on the brand’s e-commerce site. Puma has already collaborated with other Gucci Group brands, including Sergio Rossi and Alexander McQueen. Source: WWD

Yves Saint Laurent Dies at 71

Yves Saint Laurent Dies at 71Yves Saint Laurent, one of the greatest fashion designers in history, died at his home in Paris late Sunday at 71 after a long, undisclosed illness. He had been bedridden recently and friends said in the last week he had been unable to eat or talk. Saint Laurent had been rarely seen over the last year, and even then he was wheelchair bound and weak.

Born in Algeria in 1936, Yves Saint Laurent established houses of couture and boutiques in Paris and New York. He was the foremost assistant to Christian Dior and became his successor as head of the House of Dior at the age of 21.

His early collections were noted for their extreme, maverick quality. He opened his own Paris house in 1961, featuring the “chic beatnik” look; knitted turtlenecks; thigh-length boots; and short jackets. He revolutionized the fashion world by creating trousers and broad-shouldered suits that were images of power for women.

His later designs include sophisticated tweed suits, the Mondrian dress, pleated skirts, updated peasant costumes, tuxedos for women, and heavy costume jewelry. He also designed for the Ballets of Roland Petit. By the mid-1970s his design empire included sweaters, neckties, eyeglass cases, linens, children’s clothes, and fragrances.