We love a good fashion flick over at Topshop HQ. Whether it’s a Coco Chanel biopic or docu-style flick on Bill Cunningham, we’re always first in-line to get some insider knowledge on the fashion greats. Not to mention all the incredible style eye candy on offer! So when we heard a new film dedicated to French designer Yves Saint Laurent was coming, we got seriously excited.
With more YSL-designed gowns and jewellery than you can shake a stick at, it’s well worth a watch for any die hard fashion fan. The film itself looks at the darker side of the designer, honing in on his turbulent relationship of over 30 years with his business partner and lover Pierre Berge.
And the plot line we loved the most? The film’s focus on the women that inspired Yves’ career! Director Jalil Lespert first introduces us to the enigmatic Victoire Doutreleau – a close friend to Yves in his youth and a star model in his early catwalk shows. Played by French actress Charlotte le Bon, she rocks some incredible Dior dresses and is basically one of the chicest characters we’ve ever laid eyes on!
Next Yves meets Betty Catroux, whose long blond hair and androgynous style exuded a cool panache that inspired the first appearance of Le Smoking jacket on the catwalk in the ’60s. The free-spirited jewellery designer Loulou de la Falaise met him later that year, and her bright-coloured, vintage designs soon earned her a place at at Yves’ fashion house as a designer.
So if you’re a fan of French subtitles, feisty female characters and drooling over couture, then make this flick the top of your to-do list this weekend.
Yves Saint Laurent is in cinemas now.