“You can find greatness everywhere. You just have to look for it,” said Harper’s Bazaar editrix, Glenda Bailey, quoting former Yves Saint Laurent creative director Stefano Pilati in a brief, prepared introduction. Ms. Bailey had been charged with welcoming the recently departed YSL designer to the stage as a part of French Institute Alliance Française’s Fashion Talks program. (Other fashion stalwarts this year include former president and executive creative direct of Coach, Reed Krakoff and designer Dries van Noten.)
With considerable buzz about Mr. Pilati’s exit after ten years at Yves Saint Laurent—one which had been the subject of many rumors—it was inevitable that the elephant in the room would be addressed. A throng of eager YSL devotees crowded Florence Gould Hall to witness Pamela Golbin, chief curator of Paris’ Musée de la Mode et du Textile, in conversation with Mr. Pilati.
Rooney Mara stayed in character for months after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wrapped. Call it method marketing: From the pages of Vogue to Jimmy Fallon, she almost always appeared wearing simple black dresses with severe, skin-baring cut outs—Lisbeth Salander goes to prom.
It made sense that Ms. Mara, blandly pretty in her Social Network days, would hitch her rising star to her character’s signature look. Trish Summerville, the Dragon costume designer, had already capitalized on the best-seller heroine’s appeal with a capsule collection at also-Swedish H&M.
But who would have guessed that when Ms. Mara showed up for the Oscars last month in a lacy cream Givenchy gown, Lisbeth’s weird baby bangs—short, black and severely straight across her forehead—would stay in the picture?
On the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Diane von Furstenberg debuted a collection at Fashion Week that she dubbed, perhaps appropriately, Beginnings. “Dawn has broken,” the program reads. “She is brand new.”
The loaded title, and flowery text that accompanied it, made no direct reference to the tragedy, and for most of the Read More
For some, the news broke on Sunday night via fashion gadfly Derek Blasberg’s Twitter feed: “Film publicist Peggy Seigel [sic] just barged into Vera Wang’s living room to announce bin Laden is dead.” This was some time after Mr. Blasberg was raving to The Transom about the YSL shoes that designer Stefano Pilati once gave Read More
At the opening of Armida at Metropolitan Opera on Monday, April 12, actress Chloe Sevigny told the Daily Transom that she was disappointed at the absence of Stefano Pilati, chief designer of Yves Saint Laurent, the company that has sponsored the event for the last three years. “I came to hang out with Read More
The auction of Yves Saint Laurent‘s art collection in Paris last night brought in an astounding $262 million, according to Bloomberg. In fact, the sale set records for works of seven of the major artists, including Henri Matisse’s 1911 still life of cowslips in a vase titled Les coucous, tapis bleu et Read More
Holly Dunlap is on hiatus from designing her line of footwear and accessories, Hollywould, indefinitely. In the meantime, she plans to surf in Brazil, ski in Switzerland, and sail in Italy. [WWD]
Victoria Beckham will appear on the cover of Russian Vogue‘s February issue. [Vogue UK]
Barneys is Read More
Socialite Maggie Betts hoped that there would be a secret photo shoot with a wind machine at the CFDA awards dinner last night and there totally was! [FWD]
Former Project Runway contestant Christian Siriano was asked to make a guest appearance on Gossip Girl, but he’s still considering. [Read More
When French designer Sophie Theallet flew to New York 10 years ago, she’d planned to stay just a month. “I was thinking it was time to move,” she said recently, curled up on a couch in her apartment-slash-“atelier” in a leafy corner of Brooklyn. But then: “I fell in love with, uh”—she lowered her voice Read More
Christie’s International has announced that it will auction off the art collection belonging to Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge, Bloomberg reports.
While the particular contents of the collection have not been revealed, it is rumored to be worth as much as $599 million, featuring works by Picasso, Warhol, Mondrian, Matisse, and Read More