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The two masked French gentlemen who make up the iconic band known as Daft Punk are the latest musicians to star in Saint Laurent's Music Project campaign.
The band unveiled details about its upcoming album, Random Access Memories, in a video screened Friday night at Coachella. In it, they, singer Pharrell Williams, and guitarist Nile Rodgers are seen wearing sequined tuxedo jackets — Saint Laurent Black Glitter "Le Smoking" Jackets, in official parlance — created by Hedi Slimane. On Saturday, the house released photos of the duo wearing the jackets and uploaded another video to YouTube that features additional photos of the performers in their sparkly stage wear.
Daft Punk has been working with Saint Laurent since Slimane's debut collection for the house, which was shown last October. The duo created a 15-minute soundtrack for Slimane's Spring 2013 show. They join Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love, and a number of other musicians who've been featured in the Music Project campaign. Take look at Daft Punk's video below and find their ads here in the gallery.
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Turns out Marilyn Manson isn't the only rock star to appear in the latest Hedi Slimane-lensed campaign for Saint Laurent. The house is continuing to cement its ties with musicians by featuring Manson, Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, and Ariel Winter in its latest series of ads, called Music Project.
Scene magazine editor in chief Peter Davis tweeted what appeared to be a picture of the campaign last Friday, and today Saint Laurent has revealed all of the pictures. The ads, which feature Saint Laurent clothing old and new, will make their print debuts later this month in magazines like the UK's Art Review, France's Volume, and Dazed & Confused Korea.
Manson and company certainly won't be the first musicians to appear in one of the brand's campaigns. In January, the brand's creative director, Hedi Slimane, released a few shots he took of Beck.
A look at the Music Project, here in the gallery.
Well, we guess Beck's doing fine. In addition to releasing his latest project Song Reader — a collection of sheet music — last month, the award-winning 42-year-old musician was also featured in the Spring 2013 campaign for Saint Laurent. Beck sat for the photos, shot and styled by the house's creative director Hedi Slimane, in Los Angeles last October.
Beck is the second musician Slimane has shot for Saint Laurent's campaign since he featured singer Christopher Owens in his very first ads for the house. And like the rest of the images, Saskia de Brauw's menswear ads included, these are black and white and mostly feature the brand's suiting — although there's a pretty fantastic hat involved in three of the photos.
Photos courtesy of Saint Laurent.
Rather than casting a male model for his first Saint Laurent menswear campaign, Hedi Slimane hired Saskia de Brauw, the 31-year-old Chanel favorite, who appeared in last year's Pirelli Calendar.
Slimane styled and photographed de Brauw for the campaign last month in Los Angeles. When the brand revealed the first images from the campaign online late last week, it noted that there wasn't a makeup artist or hairstylist on set, allowing de Brauw's natural androgyny to shine through in the pictures. That makes sense for this campaign: When Slimane designed Dior Homme, his skinny suits for men were so popular that women snapped them up as well, and now all the pieces in this campaign will be available for both genders in January 2013.
The ads are also the public's first look at Slimane's menswear for Saint Laurent. In May, the house announced that only buyers would see Slimane's first women's resort and men's Spring collection so that he could make his formal debut at his Spring 2013 women's show in Paris.
Photos courtesy of Saint Laurent
Well, this took long enough. A year after Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Louboutin sued each other over a pair of red-soled shoes, YSL has filed a motion to dismiss its case against the French shoemaker.
The newest development comes just a month after a New York judge decided that Louboutin has the right to its trademark on red-soled shoes — except in the case of a shoe that's red all over. An all-red shoe with a red sole that YSL produced last year is what prompted Louboutin to sue YSL for trademark infringement last April. The ruling means that technically, both firms can claim victory in this case — and that's exactly what YSL's lawyer David Bernstein did today.
"Now that the Court of Appeals has definitively ruled for Yves Saint Laurent and has dismissed Christian Louboutin's claims, Yves Saint Laurent has decided to end what was left of the litigation and refocus its energies on its business and its creative designs," Bernstein said. "By dismissing the case now, Yves Saint Laurent also wishes to ensure that the Court will not make any further rulings that put at risk the ability of fashion designers to trademark color in appropriate cases."
Louboutin's lawyers may not agree with that interpretation of last month's ruling, but they were happy about it. Harley Levin, who represents the shoemaker, said, "The two key elements we sought answered were that color can be a trademark in the fashion industry and that our trademark is valid and enforceable — thank God."
Photo via Christian Louboutin.
Well, that was fun: another Fashion Month has come and gone. Now that we've had time to regroup, it seems like this one was a lot more eventful than seasons past. Certainly a lot of the excitement had to do with the new arrivals at Dior and Saint Laurent, but those weren't the only happenings that caused a stir this month. From the critic who got into public spats with two high-profile designers to the most recognizable accessory of the season, we examine the reasons why the Spring 2013 collections will stick out in our minds for years to come.
On the heels of a news cycle that saw lukewarm reviews for Hedi Slimane's debut at Saint Laurent — and a very public fight between Slimane and critic Cathy Horyn — comes a controversial story that will likely command attention of a different sort. A catalog of some 400 items including sketches, journal pages, and photographs that once belonged to Yves Saint Laurent is at the center of an international legal battle led by Pierre Bergé, who says they were stolen.
The story was reported by WWD on Monday, but its roots date back to the early '90s, when Saint Laurent was in a romantic relationship with his driver, Fabrice Thomas. The relationship lasted about two years, and Thomas acquired the items over this period. After they split, an unnamed German businessman gave Thomas a job. According to a representative for this businessman, Thomas gave his new employer part of the catalog and sold him the rest as a display of gratitude. The businessman now plans to either auction or exhibit the drawings, over 100 of which are erotic in nature. The total collection's worth has been estimated at over $15 million.
Thomas is said to have offered Bergé the opportunity to buy the sketches back, but Saint Laurent's longtime business partner says he is "not willing to pay for something that was stolen," he said. "But I intend to empty every possibility I have to avoid any exhibitions and publication of the sketches."
Bergé is convinced the items were stolen from the Paris apartment he shared with Saint Laurent because of how many items are involved in the case. "Believe me, it would have been impossible for Yves to have given someone 300 sketches. Maybe one or two, but 300? Surely not," Bergé said. "The point is, they were stolen."
Whether he'll be able to get them back remains to be seen. In the meantime, a look at some of the sketches in the catalog here in the gallery.
Hedi Slimane's much-anticipated debut collection for Saint Laurent was heavy on '70s rock and roll glamour, tinged with a little bit of darkness. Or, to be more accurate, a lot of darkness: most of the clothes the house's new creative director sent down the runway were black. And while the show contained veiled references to Yves Saint Laurent's work (a strong-shouldered take on Le Smoking, for example, was the first thing to come down the runway, and there were lots of tiered, sheer lace dresses, wide-brimmed hats, and even allusions to the safari-style clothing the founder called Saharienne), by and large, this collection was an exercise in Slimane doing things his way.
Take for example the slim tailored suiting and skinny trousers, hallmarks of Slimane's days designing menswear for Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. Then there were the references to his adopted home in California and its music scene. In suede fringe jackets, loopy bow ties, and generous fur coats, some of the models looked like they'd just performed at a concert and were getting back into their limos, ready to be whisked back to their hotels.
Speaking of concerts, the show was held in a darkened room and opened with the lights turning up — much the same way musicians are revealed on stage. And after a selection of the solid black looks, Slimane closed the show with sleek evening gowns in pale blue, red, teal, and a variety of other colors. It was, literally and figuratively, a bright way to end Slimane's first show for the brand.