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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Headline Trip

Rodarte is next to get the Target treatment. Their magical confections, from knee-highs to leopard print jackets, will be available in December. [WWD]

YSL is joining the social media fray, announcing official Facebook and Twitter pages. Now you can follow Stefano Pilati’s every gesture in real time, starting with the new Manifesto for fall.
[Facebook, Twitter]

Art imitates life imitating semi-sentience. Vancouver-based artist Karin Bubas captures the pathos of The Hills through weeping. We expect a solo show at the Whitney soon. [The Moment]

In more pop-up madness, Gucci is launching Gucci Icon Temporary, a series of transient stores featuring exclusive sneakers collaborations. First stop is Miami for Art Basel. [WWD]

The only thing that might top the now infamous Top Model Shorty Riots may be the open call for extras in Sex and the City 2. We're picturing lots of crushed flowers, scuffed Manolos and overly styled ensembles. [Daily Beast]

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Center Stages

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris played host to a confluence of designers, artists and musicians in support of Stages exhibition, sponsored by Nike and benefitting Lance Armstrong's foundation...


Kaws / Pucci's Peter Dundas, Emmanuel Perrotin, PR diva Karla Otto

Stefano Pilati, Olivier Zahm

Tom Sachs / Guillaume Salmon, Colette, Sarah

Palais de Tokyo's Jerome Sans / Chanel PR Camille Miceli

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

On the Campaign Trail: Yves Saint Laurent

Stefano Pilati serves up another clash of the titans for YSL's fall 2010 campaign featuring Christy Turlington, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Who else could follow up the veteran glamour of Claudia Schiffer, bleached and resplendent under the Hollywood sun? Looking toned and timeless (and not in a plastic kind of way), Christy's otherworldly beauty offsets the hard elegance of fall and its slightly sinister edge. You can never go wrong with leather bustiers and biker jackets—and the bags aren't half bad either. Get ready to start fawning over Christy in your fave glossies come August.

—Franklin Melendez

courtesy YSL

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Hint Tip: Yves Saint Laurent

Stefano Pilati has recruited French director, actor and writer Samuel Benchetrit to create a moody short film (pictured below) for his Yves Saint Laurent men's show on Wednesday, following a similar cinematic gesture from Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin last season, featuring Michael Pitt. This time around, the star is none other than Benchetrit's 11-year-old son, Jules. The three-fold presentation will include the fashion show, film screening and a private after-party for friends of the house...

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Q&A: Stefano Pilati

In their own selfish way, fashion victims help the world go 'round. But no one wants to see the end result of hoarding, not even the creative engine behind one of the world's great luxury brands, Yves Saint Laurent. So last night at Barneys New York, with a little encouragement from Julie Gilhart, Stefano Pilati launched New Vintage, an eco-friendly capsule collection made from unused fabrics left over from previous YSL collections, with an emphasis on wearability and affordability. Naturally all fifty limited-edition, numbered pieces sold out within minutes, including a Downtown bag in remnant khaki that Julie craftily scooped up ahead of time. But I also managed a little selfish hoarding of Stefano...

Lee Carter: Did you just fly in?
Stefano Pilati: No no no. I got here a few day ago.

Have you been working nonstop or do you take breaks to romp around the city?
I know I look tan, like I've spent the afternoon in my garden, but actually I've been working nonstop. Normally the summer is more relaxed, but this one, no way. I didn't stop one day. After this I have the cruise show, then men's, then I start to work on women's.

Always moving.
Always moving. I do eleven collections a year.

That's crazy. How do you recharge yourself after a show?
Normally I disappear.

As in, you become a shut-in?
No, I go to Hawaii or skiing in Idaho. You know, I can't really stop thinking about collections, but at least I'm not under so much pressure.

Did you go to the Tony Awards last night? I thought I saw you in the audience on TV.
No, I read about it in the papers. It's not really a part of my world, but I could see Billy Elliott a hundred times.

Let's talk about your New Vintage project with Barneys.
Julie approached me to consider how we could educate the customer about the environment and recycling.

Is this the first time you've done something like this?
Yes. Well, this is the first time I've said it so clearly. I might have considered these aspects in my collections before, but I don't always communicate it. My mission is to challenge people, not to shock or be obvious.

New Vintage feels like it comes from the heart. How do you consider the environment on a personal level? I assume you recycle at home?
Yes, this for sure. And also at work I tell my assistants not to waste too much. For me there are two environments. There is a woman's environment and how she wants to present herself to the world. And then there is the larger environment, which is total. There is nothing more important. We have to start disciplining ourselves. So I wanted to get rid of some fabrics, starting with the ones I like.

Is this the start of a brave green YSL?
I think fashion should get to a different level. But you know, it's fashion. I'm not trying to be the President of the United States.

Or Al Gore?
Or Al Gore.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009


Despite being surrounded by luxury at his Yves Saint Laurent digs, Stefano Pilati is a people's designer, issuing manifestos in place of campaigns, launching a reclaimed fabric line and so on. Now he's gone street, partnering with Gucci Group stablemate Puma to create this high-top sneaker in black leather or gray suede. Get your grubby, populist hands on the YSL/PUMA collaboration ($595) at YSL boutiques now or through the site later this month.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

True Hollywood Story

In case you were wondering, the dictionary defines "manifesto" as a “public declaration of intentions, goals or motives, such as issued by a government or sovereign.” This is a grand tradition of pomp and circumstance. Imagine the Soviet Bloc, all drab and red accents, pushing the party line. Or better yet, the Parisian avant-garde—sans culottes—papering the Left Bank with leaflets.

Somewhere between the two lies fashion's current sovereign, Stefano Pilati, whose reign at Yves Saint Laurent is renewed each season not just by a fresh collection, but by his very own Manifesto, which captures the line's current essence in an easy, portable format. So what's his latest decree? YSL goes full-on Hollywood with an Amazonian Claudia Shaffer (in banana pants and sequins), resplendent under the glare of the California sun and that ubiquitous hillside sign. It's stark, brazen and savagely glamorous—the stuff of silver-screen dreams, with a little David Lynch thrown in.

Shot by Inez & Vinoodh, this season’s Manifesto will be released to the masses on the streets of Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo and, of course, New York on February 14. A limited number will be distributed in exclusive YSL totes with a USB port downloaded with exclusive video footage. Is this the ushering in of a glorious style revolution?

—Franklin Melendez

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tar Trek

Remember tar, the arts magazine we told you would debut at Frieze Art Fair in London? Well, in case you missed it, Frieze was last week and we're happy to say tar had a rip-roaring launch party not only in London, but also in Paris...

Stefano Pilati, Kim Avella

Eleni Gatsou, editor-in-chief Evanly Schindler, creative director Neville Wakefield, Lisa Rovner

publisher Maurizio Marchiori, colette's Sarah, Neville Wakefield

Oh, and back in New York, tar graces a window of Barneys...

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Hint Tip: Yves Saint Laurent

Today: relative calm. Tomorrow: Saint Laurent mania, as more than half a million copies of the third installment of designer Stefano Pilati's so-called manifesto are handed out on the streets of New York, Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Intended to give the haute house a more democratic sheen, the manifesto consists of a 20-page booklet containing all the images from its fall 2008 ad campaign, featuring the irrepressible Naomi Campbell as the ideal YSL woman, photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The first 5000 copies handed out in each city will also come in a collectible limited-edition cotton tote designed by Stefano himself. Even if you miss out on the giveaway, the manifesto and a short film will launch simultaneously on Ysl.com...

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