>> It's official. Yves Saint Laurent has named Hedi Slimane its new creative director, effective immediately. In a statement released earlier today, the company said that Slimane will "assume total creative responsibility" at the house, but will also continue to pursue his career in photography. "Hedi Slimane's exceptional talent and understanding of the spirit of Yves Saint Laurent heralds a promising new chapter in the story of the maison," CEO Paul Deneve said. Slimane's first outing for the label will be the Resort collection, presented in June.
The sentiment was echoed by PPR Chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault. "As one of the most important French fashion houses, Yves Saint Laurent today possesses formidable potential, which I am confident will be successfully harnessed and revealed through the vision of Hedi Slimane."
Slimane replaces Stefano Pilati, whose contract with the house ended Monday after a successful — if sometimes rocky — eight years.
As an esthetician friend once explained, "Serums are like vitamins for the skin." And while that may be the case, for Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, they're more like the Fountain of Youth. The luxury brand has just come out with a new line of antiaging products, including the Forever Youth Liberator Serum ($150 to $200) that use synthetic saccharides to stimulate the skin's regeneration. (Editor's note: YSL's serum was sent to us by Neiman Marcus for review.)
Once applied using the perfect-amount-every-time dropper, you'll love the way this serum sinks luxuriously into the skin. The complexion is instantly brightened and plumped. After several uses, the face feels more smoothed out and even, but not tight or tacky. Perfumed skincare haters beware, though. This serum, while not overly strong in scent, still contains that perfumed essence many high-end department store brands possess. And unlike other premoisturizers of its ilk, Forever Youth is not sticky, won't cause pilling, and doesn't leave an oily residue on skin. But is it worth the price tag? If you have the cash to spend and are looking for a bit of luxury, then yes. The Fountain of Youth may not actually exist, per se, but today's technology might just be bringing us closer.
>> The designer shakeups continue: YSL has announced the departure of creative director Stefano Pilati.
"We are all at Yves Saint Laurent grateful to Stefano for his important achievements in advancing the mission and success of this historic and treasured fashion house," YSL's CEO, Paul Deneve, said in a statement.
Pilati has been head designer at YSL since 2004. His Fall 2012 collection, which will be shown in Paris on March 5, will be his last outing for the label.
Despite Pilati's somewhat turbulent tenure at YSL, the label has shown marked growth under Pilati's leadership, especially in accessories. "Pilati has been instrumental in the rebuilding and repositioning of an iconic French luxury brand. Under Stefano’s guiding vision and artistic direction, the house has become a contemporary reference in high fashion," the statement acknowledged.
YSL has declined to comment on who will replace Pilati at the creative helm. However, several sources this past weekend — including WWD — have reported that former Dior Homme designer, Heidi Slimane, is poised to take over.
"I wish the maison Yves Saint Laurent and its new creative director the very best for the future," Pilati told WWD. “I exit the house with fierce conviction in all that we have achieved and deep gratitude to those who have supported me along the way. "
Kim Kardashian loves sexy wear, but while leaving a friend's house in Beverly Hills, she showed off her more sophisticated side, which we hope to see more of. She started off by pairing a white silk blouse with navy jeggings and sky-high YSL pumps. We adore Kim's quilted Chanel bag and Hermes belt, but are particularly taken with her vintage-meets-mod Elizabeth and James zigzag jacket, which injects a touch of posh to her sleek look. Rock this at your next lunch meeting, or for a more downtown feel, try a vibrant top and sleek booties.
While a designer handbag certainly packs a statement accessory punch, these celebrities kick it up a notch with a double dose of brights. We've spotted Jessica Alba carrying an emerald-toned Bulgari Serpente shoulder bag, Nicole Richie showing off an oversized lemon-hued YSL Dome satchel, and Katie Holmes with her bold red Clare Vivier messenger bag. By adding a colorful carryall to the mix, you'll reap the benefits of an instantly spiced-up off-duty look. Take notes from Mandy Moore, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Sienna Miller — each stylish lady found a happy balance between a neutral effortless ensemble and a vibrant bag. For even more prismatic sightings, just click through to see which celebs are sporting colorful sidekicks, and make sure to shop your favorites at the end of the slideshow.
You've seen the bags on stylish women and celebs and heard their names thrown around, but would you recognize an iconic, luxury handbag? You stand to lose fashion street cred if you can't. Take our quiz on iconic bags, and learn what makes them so special.
A girl wouldn't think twice about topping off her look with a chic blazer today, but it was a different story back in 1966 when Yves Saint Laurent introduced the now iconic le smoking jacket to the fashion world. At first, editors and buyers didn't react well to Saint Laurent's collection; New York Times critic Gloria Emerson described his collection as "lumpy" and "outdated" and said Saint Laurent "strains too hard to convince the world he is hand-in-hand and eye-to-eye with the very young." However, fashion influencers like Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Lauren Bacall, and Bianca Jagger immediately fell in love with Saint Laurent's daring menswear-inspired style, flaunting his designs all around Paris. "For a woman, le smoking is an indispensable garment with which she finds herself continually in fashion, because it is about style, not fashion," said Saint Laurent. "Fashions come and go, but style is forever." Fast forward to 2011 and it's safe to say that le smoking is here to stay. Whether you're a powerhouse working woman or fashion editrix, these jackets add a polished touch to any look. Looking for a new one to add to your wardrobe? Just peruse the slideshow to shop our ultimate blazer picks ranging from decadent investment pieces from Yves Saint Laurent to more affordable options.
Beyoncé Knowles headed into her office in NYC looking chic — as usual — in a diamond Wildfox sweater and black jeggings. She added a pop of flair to her casual ensemble with a cobalt bag and leopard-print Yves Saint Laurent pumps. Vintage-inspired sunglasses and classic hoop earrings finished off her strolling style. Shop now to get her exact sweater with other similar items.
In a recent interview with XOJane, Kourtney Kardashian revealed her favorite lip color, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in 13: Le Orange ($30), and talked about how much she covets it. "The orange-y red color that I always wear is YSL, and it’s so crazy now because I always say what it is," Kourtney told interviewer Cat Marnell. "When I go to buy it, it's always sold out! Just that color; they have every other shade. I’m like, 'Can you like send me some free lipstick because I’m selling you out.' And they are like, 'Oh sorry, we are sold out, we can't get you any unless you buy thirty' and I’m like who in their lifetime?"
We love her lip color, but what struck us about the quote is that Kourtney, a multimillionaire, is dreaming of lipstick swag. It was a real "Stars: they're just like us!" moment. Clearly, no matter how much money you make, the best things in life are still free.
>> Quick-change artist Raquel Zimmermann whips through 14 looks in just under a minute in this recently released campaign video for Yves Saint Laurent's Fall 2011 collection, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The video features a short-coiffed Zimmermann high-speed window posing in a Manhattan high-rise, all to the rhythm of LCD Soundsystem's "I Can Change."