01 June 2008

Yves Saint Laurent dies at 71

One of our favorite French fashion icons, Yves Saint Laurent, died Sunday in Paris at the age of 71.
He was widely acknowledged as one of the worlds majorly significant designers of the 20th century, "Yves Saint Laurent died Sunday at 11:10 pm," announced his foundation, the Pierre-Berge-Saint Laurent Foundation.

The isolated French fashion-expert, who had retired from haute couture in 2002 after 40 years at the top of his trade, had been ill for some time. During his farewell appearance seven years ago, Saint Laurent had told reporters he had "always given the highest importance of all to respect for this craft, which is not exactly an art, but which needs an artist to exist."

In his later years the depression that had haunted him all his life became more oppressive, and at his farewell bash in 2002 Saint Laurent admitted to having recourse to "those false friends which are tranquillisers and narcotics."

May you R.I.P. YSL

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