7 essential life lessons from Yves Saint Laurent

0 Posted by - August 1, 2014 - All, Arts + Culture, Fashion

As Yves Saint Laurent would be celebrating his 78th birthday, we take some life lessons from the man who stormed the fashion world with his masculine tailoring and turned the military jacket into an everyday staple. Preach it, Yves…

1. Being fashionable isn’t everything

Fashions fade, yet style is eternal.

 

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2. Don’t be a victim

It pains me physically to see a woman victimised, rendered pathetic, by fashion.

 

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3. All hail the humble jean!

I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity- all I hope for in my clothes.

 

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4. Don’t underestimate your clothes…

Dressing is a way of life.

 

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5. Fake it ‘till you make it

The most beautiful make-up for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.

 

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6. Love trumps all

The most beautiful clothes a woman can be dressed with is the arms of the man she loves. But for those who haven’t had the chance to find this bliss, I’m here.

 

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7. Wear the dress, don’t be the dress

 I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.

 

Yves Saint-Laurent (1936-2008), French couturier. Paris, on April 11, 1974.

 

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