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March 4, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- California ladies of the canyon was the vibe of Hedi Slimane's first women's Saint Laurent ready-to-wear runway collection shown in October . And this time, it was California grunge. With Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund, Pierre Berge, Betty Catroux and other fashion luminaries in the front row, Slimane showed his fall 2013 collection for the house he renamed Saint Laurent on Monday night during Paris Fashion Week. The look: Off-duty musicians and models.
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March 25, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Rihanna has been selected to receive this year's Fashion Icon Award to be  presented June 2 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. [The Cut] Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who died in what police have ruled a suicide in New York City on March 17, is to be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A., Page Six reports. [Page Six] Scott, the longtime girlfriend of the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, was a favorite designer among Hollywood celebrities. On Saturday, Christina Hendricks honored Scott by wearing one of her dresses to a PaleyFest event for "Mad Men. " [People]
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October 10, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Lady Gaga, who sided with designer Hedi Slimane in his dustup with New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, has been seen wearing two different looks from his Spring-Summer 2013 Saint Laurent women's wear collection since it was shown on the runway a little more than a week ago. One is the long yellow dress and jacket she wore on Tuesday to accept an award at the Yoko Ono Grant for Peace awards in Iceland. (She wore the first for tea with Julian Assange on Monday evening.) [The Cut]
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March 3, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- After a big night for his Saint Laurent brand at the Academy Awards, dressing host Ellen DeGeneres in three elegant riffs on le smoking, and supporting-actor winner and dude-style icon Jared Leto in a white tuxedo, Los Angeles-based designer Hedi Slimane staged his best Saint Laurent collection yet at Paris Fashion Week. The clothes were crackling with teenage spunk, even if the show did make me feel like the uncool girl at the party. Slimane's shows are more like happenings, taking place in venues as dimly lit as underground clubs, with dubious fire exits and movable set pieces (this season, arm gates stretched across the runway, raising and lowering like industrialized velvet ropes)
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March 3, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- After a big night for his Saint Laurent brand at the Academy Awards, dressing host Ellen DeGeneres in three elegant riffs on le smoking, and supporting-actor winner and dude-style icon Jared Leto in a white tuxedo, Los Angeles-based designer Hedi Slimane staged his best Saint Laurent collection yet at Paris Fashion Week. The clothes were crackling with teenage spunk, even if the show did make me feel like the uncool girl at the party. Slimane's shows are more like happenings, taking place in venues as dimly lit as underground clubs, with dubious fire exits and movable set pieces (this season, arm gates stretched across the runway, raising and lowering like industrialized velvet ropes)
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February 3, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Bruno Mars and his band wore Saint Laurent in their Super Bowl halftime show. Racked toted up the numbers and concluded that Mars' outfit would cost $5,830 (if one paid for it oneself). [Racked] In an interview with W magazine, Miley Cyrus says her image is calculated and that she wants to encourage girls to go for personal style. "Everyone to me looks like Vanna White," she says. She also says her rustic childhood may have something to do with the crop tops and other body-baring outfits she wears now: “We never were inside, and we never wore shoes, I think it's why I like wearing no clothes so much and I'm always naked.” [W]
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August 11, 1994 | DEBRA GENDEL, TIMES FASHION EDITOR
"More people in America know the name Opium than know the name Yves Saint Laurent," Ariel De Ravenel, Paris-based spokeswoman for YSL fragrances, told us the other day. Sacre bleu! No wonder the spectacularly shy Saint Laurent is so eager to touch base with his American constituency. Next month, the designer--who hasn't been in the States since his 1983 retrospective--will host 1,500 of the fashion world's finest at the Statue of Liberty in honor of his new perfume, Champagne.
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March 24, 1988 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, Times Fashion Editor
An emotional Yves Saint Laurent hugged well-wishers Wednesday after a show that brought the audience to its feet in cheers. The designer, who has had some problems with his Rive Gauche ready-to-wear in recent years, is apparently getting back in stride. And in a season when timeless clothes are making a comeback, his perfectionist approach to classics was doubly well received.
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January 29, 1988 | PAT McCOLL
Yves Saint Laurent and Hubert de Givenchy closed the spring/summer showings thaty opened here Sunday. The way each designer was dressed as he came out on the runway at the end of his show reflected in attitude. Givenchy, a pair of scissors slung around his neck, wore the traditional white linen smock couturiers wear when they work; Saint Laurent, a loose black corduroy artist's smock.
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March 27, 1987 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, Times Fashion Editor
Two opposite ends of the design spectrum, Yves Saint Laurent and Patrick Kelly, closed the week of fall shows here Wednesday. Each in his own way proved that the Paris fashion picture has not really lost its heart. At Saint Laurent, it was clear from the faces of those entering the show that not much was expected to happen. In fact, there were quite a few empty seats at the event, which usually draws a standing-room-only crowd.
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February 3, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Bruno Mars and his band wore Saint Laurent in their Super Bowl halftime show. Racked toted up the numbers and concluded that Mars' outfit would cost $5,830 (if one paid for it oneself). [Racked] In an interview with W magazine, Miley Cyrus says her image is calculated and that she wants to encourage girls to go for personal style. "Everyone to me looks like Vanna White," she says. She also says her rustic childhood may have something to do with the crop tops and other body-baring outfits she wears now: “We never were inside, and we never wore shoes, I think it's why I like wearing no clothes so much and I'm always naked.” [W]
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November 24, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
For menswear aficionados, Italian luxury label Ermenegildo Zegna has long stood for a high-quality yet understated gray-flannel sensibility. But for colorful, personality-driven runway fashion? Not so much. Which is why it's significant that, after 103 years, the brand has decided to put a face with its name for the first time in a branding initiative that was unveiled earlier this month in the razzle-dazzle capital of the world, Los Angeles. The new star is Stefano Pilati, who spent eight years as creative director of Yves Saint Laurent and who joined the Zegna Group in January as head of design for the Ermenegildo Zegna brand and designer of Couture, its premium menswear line of handmade suits, shirts, outerwear and accessories, which was shown on the runway for the first time during Milan fashion week in June.
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November 10, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
What's the new black? You might say it's L.A. Jeremy Scott's appointment as creative director for Italian fashion brand Moschino is the latest development to highlight L.A.'s growing cool factor on the global fashion stage, its place as the next-generation crossroads of celebrity, art and youth culture and its importance as a gateway to the Asian luxury market. Scott's new role, announced in late October, follows the 2011 appointment of L.A.-bred Humberto Leon and Carol Lim as creative directors of the Paris-based fashion brand Kenzo, which they have reinvented with a SoCal surf-and-skate spin, and the decision of Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane to base his studio here, where there is easy access to up-and-coming music style muses such as Sky Ferreira.
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September 30, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- L.A.-based Hedi Slimane, the most controversial designer working today, threw the fashion world into a tizzy with his first two collections for the storied French house of Saint Laurent. And he did it again Monday night in Paris. After paying homage to 1970s rock goddesses and 1990s grunge for his first two women's runway outings, he showed a spring 2014 collection that seemed to be deliberately tacky, and elicited yet another collective "Huh?" The inspiration: It's hard to tell, because Slimane does not really speak to the press.
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August 5, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
If there is a poster child for the return of 1990s-era grunge fashion, it's Sky Ferreira. The singer and model, who was born in L.A. but now seems to live all over, was a muse for Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane's "California Grunge" fall 2013 collection. And the designer tapped her to star in the label's pre-fall ad campaign, decked out in black lace, leather and studs.  So it was only fitting that Ferreira, 21, would hit this weekend's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, which was born out of the post-punk, alternative rock and grunge music scene, having been created in 1991 by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell.
WORLD
April 27, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING-- The rabbit and the rat are finally coming home. Two bronze heads that were looted from Beijing's old Summer Palace in 1860 are to be returned to China this year by a French billionaire who acquired them from Christie's auction house, Chinese state media reported. The donation was announced late Friday by Francois-Henri Pinault, heir and chief executive of luxury fashion conglomerate Kering Inc., which is expanding its business in the booming Chinese market. Pinault was part of a business delegation accompanying French President Francois Hollande to China.
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March 4, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- If you haven't heard of the Japanese women's brand Sacai, you should check it out (stores in the L.A. area include Barneys New York, H. Lorenzo and Noodle Stories). Since 1999, designer Chitose Abe has been building her business on the idea of hybrid pieces spliced and diced with feminine details - cardigans with a gentle waterfall of silk pleats in the back, for example, or utility jackets with soft bustles. 2013 Fashion Week coverage She showed her fall 2013 collection on the runway during Paris Fashion Week.
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