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Happy 40th Birthday to my style muse and fashion icon/inspiration the Style Queen VB! x 💜😚 @victoriabeckham

Happy 40th Birthday to my style muse and fashion icon/inspiration the Style Queen VB! x 💜😚 @victoriabeckham

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#OOTD: Commute to London

Commuting to London isn’t easy yet you want to be stylish. I have been incredibly busy with University, my part-time job and attending weddings.. I was invited to the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit launch in London with the media this week and well here is my take on my commute street-style..

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Blouse: H&M
Floral scrunched jogger pants: Zara
Boyfriend Blazer: River Island
Heels: River Island
Bag: Fred Perry (my gym bag)
Bracelet: Gift from South Africa

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FILM REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent

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Yves Saint Laurent is the first of two biopics, documenting the life of the famous designer, it was released in the UK last month. If you are familiar with the European Fashion press you will have heard a lot of hype about the film itself. 

Told from the perspective of his life and work partner Pierre Berge, it stems from Yves’ early career, working for Dior up until Christian Dior passed away, up till the height of his fashion house’s success. Many fashion icons were embraced throughout the movie even a younger Karl Lagerfeld.

Not only it being about Saint Laurent’s legacy as a groundbreaking designer but also about his presence in the Parisian party scene during the 1960’s and 1970’s where he started out in fashion as an anxious, shy young man who didn’t drink. That changes as we go in depth within the film as Yves’ years go on in the fashion industry where he becomes a celebrity, socializing alongside peers like Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Lauren Bacall, Paloma Picasso, and Diana Ross. His private life was increasingly messy and very troubled.

The movie supposedly meant to be complimentary was slightly hard to understand, firstly all in french which played a great role in the movie but one thing I noticed was Saint Laurent was a needy, weak and neurotic man… my heart and tears striking down my eyes when you see the scenes of him suffering from manic depression and drug addiction.

Actor Pierre Niney looks strikingly like the designer with great resemblance, and portrays him as a nervous wreck, fiddling anxiously with his glasses capturing the painful shyness the designer suffered from. If the film is to be believed, any stability in Saint Laurent’s life came from his love of his work and his relationship with his long-term partner, Pierre Bergé. 

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"Niney’s performance, the real life Pierre Berge stated that it was like watching Laurent himself".

The most moving scene shows the two of them falling in love in the late 1950s — fooling around by the Seine in Paris, smitten with each other, seeing the turbulent love and portrayal of Pierre Berge and Saint Laurent’s relationship was delightful to watch. They were together until the designer’s death in 2008. 

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Though there wasn’t quiet the in-depth aspect of Laurent’s work I had hoped as it was all about his early life.. how he came to becoming a designer and a few other icons like Dior, Lagerfeld within a few scenes..

The film had the cooperation of Bergé and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, which owns 5,000 garments and 35,000 sketches by the designer. Director Jalil Lespert had extensive access to the archive, and was also able to film at Saint Laurent and Bergé’s stunning home in Morocco.

The clothes, of course, are beautifully presented. The costume designer, Madeline Fontaine, apparently had to work under incredibly strict rules.

“We never loan out clothes, so each one came with a handler,” Bergé told WWD. “The models were not allowed to sit down.”

Fontaine — who had to wear white gloves to handle the clothes — was told that the pieces for the show scenes could not be altered, and that she did not have permission to re-create them. Instead, she had to cast models to fit the existing dresses. Just seeing the wonders of the sketches, the home and the dresses giving an insight to Yves’ life was heart rendering and had me on the edge of my seat.

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All in all Yves Saint Laurent was incredibly enjoyable, and what it lacked in drive, it certainly made up in quality. For fans of both fashion and of the designer, it gives a wealth of glorious imagery, showcasing Laurent’s work at its very best. For film lovers, the direction of the film is refreshing against the usual dramatised pieces of Hollywood, yet doesn’t quite contain the same level of information. Unfortunately due to it being a foreign piece, you won’t find the film in any mainstream cinema outside of London.I had to travel to Leeds just to get a glimpse and by jove it was well worth it. An enjoyable experience with a cast whom also too displayed well rounded characters, smoothing the transition of the film and making it a delightful watch.

By Sumaira Hussain

Filed under Fashion Fashionista Milan Paris Parisian Karl Lagerfeld Algeria Fashion House Yves Saint Laurent YSLFilm DiscoverYSL Fashion Week Pierre Berge Pierre Niney

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Love having Press Access.. 🙊 Feel privileged to getting the first look at the Exhibit 😉 Stay tuned..  (at Barbican Centre)

Love having Press Access.. 🙊 Feel privileged to getting the first look at the Exhibit 😉 Stay tuned.. (at Barbican Centre)

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"Fashion fades.. Style is eternal" - Yves Saint Laurent 

Photography credits to @anu_a_x ❤️

"Fashion fades.. Style is eternal" - Yves Saint Laurent

Photography credits to @anu_a_x ❤️

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Spring/Summer 2014 Collection from Luis. “The Second Self” this collection is inspired by the designers fascination of structure and intricate detailing. The collection throughout consists of soft pastel colours and architectural concept to create elegance and beauty bringing out a feminine silhouette. Fabrics are chiffons and delicate silks. 
#instafashion #womenswear #2014 #fashion fashionistas #fbloggers #designer #newemerging #lfw #pressevent #instahub #instafashion #springfashion #summerfashion #ss14

Spring/Summer 2014 Collection from Luis. “The Second Self” this collection is inspired by the designers fascination of structure and intricate detailing. The collection throughout consists of soft pastel colours and architectural concept to create elegance and beauty bringing out a feminine silhouette. Fabrics are chiffons and delicate silks.
#instafashion #womenswear #2014 #fashion fashionistas #fbloggers #designer #newemerging #lfw #pressevent #instahub #instafashion #springfashion #summerfashion #ss14

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Borough Food Markets in London. 🍰🎂🍧🍨🍦🍢🍡🍪🍴🍤😋😝

Borough Food Markets in London. 🍰🎂🍧🍨🍦🍢🍡🍪🍴🍤😋😝