Is Courtney Love really an YSL woman?

The new face (muse) of Saint Laurent’s campaign is Cournty Love?! I am really curious to learn what Hedi Slimane’s definition is of the SL woman. I can only imagine the confusion of the women who adored Yves Saint Laurent and the woman he created with his designs. I normally don’t use my blog to speak very negatively about something or someone, but Courntey Love is a woman with no taste in style and life. Who would have thought that she and Jessica Chestain would be the face/muse of the same brand?
I can understand that a designer want’s to put his stamp on the fashion brand he designs for, but what Slimane is doing with YSL is really beyond my comprehension. My statement is, that if you want to do your own thing in such extremes…start your own label but don’t destroy a heritage like the house of Yves Saint Laurent. I think one has to have a special talent to design for an established brand, understand the heritage but give it a new modern injection like we see at Chloe and Dior.

o-COURTNEY-LOVE-SAINT-LAURENT-570-2Courntey Love crawling on the floor (looking for some drugs?) in her Saint Laurent outfit

Girls who are boys, who like boys to be girls…

You have to give it to Hedi Slimane. He likes to do things differently, with a certain edge to it. Changing the name of a fashion foundation like Yves Saint Laurent, creating a dark sombre summer collection and now opting for a girl for his men’s collection advertising campaign.

We already got used to Andrej Pejic acting as a female model and now we have the beautiful Saskia de Brauw modeling for Saint Laurent Men. I remember when Andrej first hit the catwalk during fashion week 2011, some fashion journalists were not very pleased with this turn in the modeling world. They found it very demeaning towards women. After fashion designers disturbing beauty standards by only working with size zero girls for years, they now opted for a zero woman to show women’s collections.

What do you think about the Saint Laurent campaign: does it work or not?

The battle of the red sole

The battle of the red sole has been put to an end….or not?

A French court ruled in favor of Zara over the right to sell red-soled shoes. shoe designer Christian Louboutin who uses the red-sole trademark had initially won the case in 2011, but Zara went to higher court and now won the case.

Christian Louboutin confirmed that they are determined to continue defending their red soles. They registered a new trademark with more details about the red soles like pantone color and they will enforce this trademark against any infringers.

Last year, they also tried suing Yves Saint Laurent, who clearly made the statement that Louboutin did NOT invent the red sole and that YSL has been using them since the seventies.

There is enough evidence that Louboutin is not the first to use red soles, so it will be interesting to see how future courts will handle his self-acclaimed exclusive use of the red sole.

The shoe designer has many more court cases running. It seems like he’s spending more time in court than designing shoes.

Do you agree that he has the right to claim exclusive use of the red sole?
I tend to disagree with Mr Louboutin…