L’Amour Fou, “Crazy Love”-a documentary

I had an opportunity to see this film recently at a screening at the Hazelton Hotel.  Although I am not a professional film critic or fashionista, I wanted to say a few words about this film.

My relationship with YSL has always been from afar.  I don’t wear his couture (but would hope to someday).  However, YSL and I are quite close in the beauty department.  I own nearly all of the Spring 2012 collection and several of the fragrances, which I’ve always found to be unique and luxurious.

The Hazelton boasts an impressive screening room by the way:

My thoughts on the film?

Firstly, I can definitely appreciate Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, both as individuals and as artists.  Although I consider myself a creative person, I don’t envy the assumption that Yves talent may have been what destroyed/tortured him so.

The film is narrated by Pierre Bergé, Yves life partner.  He seems rather matter-of-fact when narrating, I don’t see much emotion.  I’m unsure of the reason why-perhaps its his personality?  I do get the sense that the Yves that Pierre met in the beginning of their relationship was a far cry from the Yves that Pierre knew towards “the end.”  That tugs at my heart.  It’s obvious that Yves truly hurt Pierre with his drug & alcohol use.  There were times during the film that their fabulous art collection was being auctioned off-and when Pierres face was shown, it looked as if he was relieved. One might assume Pierre continues to struggle with the fact that Yves is gone.

The film jumps between past and present-it’s an eclectic mix of Yves designing, the fashion shows, and all of the beautiful homes and magnificent art that Pierre and Yves collected.  That in itself is enough reason to watch this film.

The film left me with enough questions that I have since gone and researched books/media regarding YSL and his life in fashion.  It was incredibly interesting.  If you are interested in fashion, you should watch this.  If you’re interested in art, you should watch this.  If you’re interested in passionate, crazy love, you should watch this.

After the film, Rue Pigalle hosted a small soiree and invited screening attendees to browse some beautiful pieces hand selected by Ms. Fish.

A huge thank you to Leesa Butler and Ms Isabelle Fish, owner of Rue Pigalle for hosting.  I truly enjoyed myself.

Please visit Rue Pigalle at 104 Yorkville Avenue, 2nd floor.


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  • Tamara

    You attend the most marvelous events. This film sounds quite intriguing, thank you (as always) for sharing. :]

    • meredith

      @Tamara it was touching-not what I expected. I was left with more questions than when I walked in. If you have a chance to watch it, you should!

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