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eye-ysl03.jpgThis year, it's all about Yves.

The second Yves Saint Laurent biopic in less than 12 months, this one titled simply "Saint Laurent," made its debut in competition at the Cannes Film Festival last month and will hit French cinema screens on Oct. 1. But those expecting "Saint Laurent" to be a repeat of Jalil Lespert's "Yves Saint Laurent," released in January, are in for a surprise.

Director Bertrand Bonello says he is not interested in an exhaustive retelling of the designer's life story.
book-roundup01.jpg"Dior: The Legendary Images/Great Photographers and Dior" (Rizzoli). The book showcases the work of the legendary couturier and his successors at the fashion house in classic images by major photographers which capture the models and clothes of their time. There's Henri Cartier-Bresson's 1951 photo of Christian Dior and the model Lucy laughing in the models' cabine; Richard Avedon's 1955 "Dovima With Elephants," and Loomis Dean's 1957 shot of models in Dior couture clothes for spring 1956, which include a smart, sharply tailored suit and a voluptuous emerald green evening dress.

"100 Ideas That Changed Street Style" (Laurence King) by Josh Sims.
Sims writes about everything from burlesque to acid jazz and how it influenced street style. There are also essays on Goth, biker culture, militant style, gang culture, Rasta, rave, graffiti, BCBG (the style of the Parisian bourgeoisie) and even the cell phone. He describes psychobilly as "Take rockabilly -- an exaggerated style inspired by 1950s Americana -- and cross it with 1960s garage, 1970s punk, extreme hairstyles, excess tattoos and a love of the lurid, and the likely result is psychobilly."

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June 5, 2014 12:08 PM


Eichner's Eye: The CFDA Awards

eichners-eye-cfda01.jpgBy Steve Eichner

WWD photographer Steve Eichner sees it all and shares his unique perspective from the frontlines of the CFDA Awards, from Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to Raf Simons' after party to the after-after party at the Top of the Standard.

louis-sketch.jpgBy LOUISE J. ESTERHAZY

Ah, spring at last! As I sit in my Manhattan pied-a-terre staring out at the glistening East River, I feel my blood begin to quicken after my long, long winter's hibernation. Daffodils the color of sunshine blaze against the emerald green grass, while the Delft blue sky is dotted with fluffy clouds so purely white it is clear there isn't a storm anywhere near. Birdsong trills through my open window, and the gentle scent of fresh blossoms drifts in on the soft breeze.

I have loved this time of year ever since I was an engelchen frolicking in the wildflower-filled meadows of the Austrian alps, listening to the rhythmic clank-clank of the cowbells as the herds were at last released from the barns and allowed to roam the hillsides after the snows melted.
June 2, 2014 12:18 PM


WWD Postcard: Cornelia Guest

eye-postcard01.jpgBy Cornelia Guest

When Countess Marina Cicogna calls you to Rome, all her pals from around the world go. The reason? Three days of museums, lunches and dinners to celebrate her 80th birthday.

When I got to Rome, it was a picture-perfect day. I always love the drive in from the airport -- all the ruins and monuments are awe-inspiring. Rome is one of my favorite cities. I walk all over -- making a wish at the Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon, all the churches. I enjoy exploring and find new things every time.
April 30, 2014 1:00 PM


Oscar de la Renta's Big Night

oscar-01.jpgSartorially speaking, Hillary Rodham Clinton seems to have ironed out the kinks in recent years. Though bumpy at times (her fondness for hair scrunchies, etc.), overall, she's come to a place where she knows what works for her. According to Clinton, it's thanks to designer friend Oscar de la Renta.

"This man has been working for more than 20 years to turn me into a fashion icon...despite his best efforts," she cracked on Thursday night. Clinton, wearing a chartreuse silk faille top and a pair of subdued navy trousers, was speaking to a rapt audience: friends of de la Renta who had gathered at the Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom to toast the designer as he received the Medal of Excellence from Carnegie Hall.
French acteye-fanny-ardant01.jpgress Fanny Ardant has appeared in more than 50 films. At 65, she is probably best known to American audiences for playing the seductive title role, Mathilde Bauchard, in 1981's "The Woman Next Door," directed by François Truffaut, which made her a major star. Her other movies include 1983's "Confidentially Yours," also directed by Truffaut; 1996's "Pedale douce," directed by Gabriel Aghion, for which she won a Cesar award, and 2002's "Callas Forever," directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

WWD photographer Steve Eichner sees it all and shares his unique perspective from the front lines of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Buyouts, mergers, public offerings, the sale of a big stake to an outsider--these are all existential focal points in the life of any company.

Emotionally and financially charged moments, they are highly anticipated and often transformative. Later they will be recalled by former executives and dissected by dealwatchers--ourselves included--with comments like "Everything went downhill when they sold out" or "They were nothing until so and so came in and whipped them into shape."

Now that the fashion dust has settled in New York, London, Milan and Paris and one at last begins to recover from the exhausting blur of thousands of garments, one can take stock. What is it all about? What does it all mean?

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