In Uncategorized on May 31, 2011 at 4:32 am

In Pierre Thoretton’s mesmerizing film, L’AMOUR FOU, the 52 year love story between fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and industrialist Pierre Berge is recounted with poetic beauty and tragic power. In its uncompromising depiction of the pressures which tortured Saint Laurent, as well as the glamour which fatally drew him in, it is also one of the best fashion films ever made.

Read my interview with Thoretton in FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL here

and to read my review of the film, also in the latest issue of FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, click here

Integral to Saint Laurent’s personal happiness as well as his professional success was Loulou de la Falaise, with whom he worked for decades, producing line after line of garments which forever changed the way women dressed. de la Falaise, one of the chicest women in the world, is also that rarity in fashion: a genuinely nice, very real and incredibly intelligent person.

In the late 1970s, particularly, there simply was not a more glamorous woman alive. Here’s why:

photo by Helmut Newton

with Yves and Betty Catroux, his other female BFF, who, as stated in the film, represented his “naughty, dark” side, as opposed to de la Falaise’s professionalism

with Marina Schiano, Yves and Steve Rubell at Stduio 54 on the night of the launch of the perfume Opium

with Yves

at her marriage to Thadee Klosowski

with lifelong friend and fellow immortal fashion icon, Marisa Berenson. In those halcyon 1970s fashion days, women like them, Marina Schiano, Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso, and the bevy of thrilling models Saint Laurent used – Grace Jones, Kirat, Mounia, et al. – possessed the kind of glamour and chic few so-called stars possess today, with their armies of stylists, who hold utter, often quite boring sway over them, turning the red carpet into one big yawn. Those ’70s girls didn’t need a red carpet – wherever they went simply BECAME a major event by virtue of their utter individuality and bold sartorial creativity.

with Yves

with Olivier Theyskens

with Stefano Pilati, now designing for Saint Laurent

with Catroux and Yves

with Catroux and Berge

with Catroux and Kate Moss. one of the rare women today who are in their exalted league, style-wise

with Amy Fine Collins and Somers Farkas

with her daughter Lucie

with Yves

with Catroux

photo by Gerard Malanga

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