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March 01, 2010


Vicki Archer

I need to do those too Richard.....xv


I would love to see the YSL show, and that's a great picture of him.

That painting of the queen has an almost comic aspect to it. Not sure what to make of it...


What a feast! Wish I were there!


Oh my oh my oh my oh my !!!!! If ever there was the perfect reason to visit Paris (and spend a touring day with YOU) these attractions - for me - almost tops them all. YSL/Turner/Freud - a triple threat extraordinaire. Thanks so much Richard; you've given me an extra good reason to daydream of Paris today. xoxCheryl


YOU are just too good to be true...every one of your "Eye's" is magical. Don't know how you manage to do it all, but you never stop! Please don't! This photo of St. Laurent is one I've never seen...thanks for this!


For everyone dedicated to - and respectful of - the memory of YSL, there are a couple of Parisian locations associated with his professional and private life. (Apologies for a long post)

I. 55, rue de Babylone (7e Arr., one building east from Pagoda movie theater): Yves Saint-Laurent lived here from 1969 until his death in 2008. Guy Trebay thus describes the designer’s “opulent Aladdin’s cave” in New York Times February 12, 2009 issue, “…the apartment, a duplex in the Seventh Arrondissement. Unlike many Paris lodgings built for the upper classes, with their rooms arranged in telescoping enfilade, the Saint Laurent apartment is a cruciform space, entered directly from an interior courtyard and overlooking a garden, from whose windows, in other seasons, the thwack of balls in play at a nearby tennis court could be heard. Celebrated long before Bergé and Saint Laurent bought it in 1969, the apartment was renovated in 1928 in sleek modernist style by an American who never took occupancy, having lost his fortune in the crash. In the intervening decades its sleek paneled walls and curvilinear spaces were preserved by the only other owner, Marie Cuttoli, a textile magnate and patron of the arts“.

Other YSL’s addresses in Paris:

II. 5, avenue Marceau (16e Arr., on the corner of avenue de Président Wilson and Musée de l’art moderne de la ville de Paris): the headquarters of YSL’s maison de couture. The initials YSL can be seen on the side of the building facing rue Léonce Reynaud.
III. Also, the two-room apartment on rue de la Boétie (8e Arr., off avenue des Champs-Elysées) from an earlier period of his first solo 1962 collection; however, I couldn’t obtain the exact address. I would appreciate if someone posted the above.
IV. 30 bis, rue Spontini (16e Arr., in Passy, between avenue Victor Hugo and avenue Foch): YSL premiered his solo collection in 1962, in a mansion formerly owned by the painter Forain. The address - and the house - exists.

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