YSL: L’Amour Fou

May 14, 2011

L’Amour Fou traça o relacionamento entre Yves Saint Laurent e Pierre Bergé, amante e sócio de longa data do designer. Foi exibido no Tribeca Film Festival há algumas semanas e estreou sexta-feira nos Estados Unidos.

O filme menciona as icônicas criações de Saint Laurent – entre elas a versão feminina do tuxedo e a jaqueta safari -, mostra cenas de arquivo das casas do casal em Paris, Marrakech e do Chateau Gabriel na Normandia, mas foca no mega leilão da Christie em 2009, um ano após a morte do designer, de mais de 700 objetos de arte que colecionaram desde seu primeiro encontro em Paris em 1957.

“A venda do século” contou com pinturas de Monet, Picasso e Matisse, móveis art déco e antiguidades romanas e arrecadou 484 milhões de dólares (divididos entre a Yves Saint Laurent Foundation e organizações de apoio à prevenção da AIDS) durante três dias, levando Bergé a declarar: “foi muito violento. Uma cadeira [foi arrematada] por 80, 90 milhões. Muito violento. Um exorcismo.”

Exibindo desde a elaboração do catálogo à embalagem dos objetos no suntuoso apartamento do casal na Rue de Babylone até o bater do martelo, o filme foi dirigido por Pierre Thoretton, ex-marido da filha de Marcello Mastroianni e Catherine Deneuve, musa, amiga e cliente leal de Saint Laurent.

Como o filme sugere, a venda foi um comovente memorial à vida que Bergé e Saint Laurent dividiram. “A coleção é um reflexo da integração do gosto dos dois,” afirmou Thoretton. “O crescimento da visão deles de beleza e estética no mundo.”

VV aposta que, com L’Amour Fou, as pessoas irão se apaixonar loucamente pela arte, pelo criador do ready-to-wear com a revolucionária coleção Rive Gauche em 1966, e pelas cada vez mais raras peças vintage de Saint Laurent. Voilà!

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L’Amour Fou is a film about the relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, longtime lover and business partner of the designer. It was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring and opened in the United States on Friday.

It mentions Saint Laurent creations, shows footage of the couple’s fairytale houses in Paris, Marrakech, and the Chateau Gabriel in Normandy, but centers on the 2009 Christie’s mega-auction following Saint Laurent’s death of more than 700 art objects that Mr. Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent, who first met in Paris in 1957, amassed during their years as a couple.

“The sale of the century” comprised works by Monet, Picasso and Matisse, art deco furniture and Roman antiquities. It netted an astounding $484 million (divided between the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and AIDS charities) and Mr. Bergé said of the auction: “It was very violent. An armchair for 80, 90 million. Very violent. It was an exorcism.”

Showing everything from the cataloging and crating of the objects in the couple’s sumptuous Rue de Babylone apartment to the pounding of the auctioneer’s hammer, the film was directed by Pierre Thoretton, who was once married to the daughter of Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, a Saint Laurent muse, close friend and loyal customer.

As the movie suggests, it was a poignant monument to Bergé and Saint Laurent’s shared life. “The collection is a reflection of the integration of their taste,” says Thoretton. “It was the growth of their vision of beauty and aesthetic in the world.”

VV thinks that, with L’Amour Fou, people will be enticed by a crazy love for the art, the creator of the smoking, the safari jacket and ready-to-wear with the revolutionary Rive Gauche collection in 1966, and by the the encreasingly hard to get YSL vintage pieces. Voilà!

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And Yves Saint Laurent also answered a version of The Proust Questionnaire!

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Bianca Jagger teams her Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket and skirt with a veiled wide-brimmed hat, also by the designer, to marry Mick Jagger in St Tropez, France in 1971

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