The Paris Fashion Week show from Yves Saint Laurent was a true triumph. The elation was cut short, however, when the label's 70-year-old founder collapsed Friday on a Paris street, just one day after the stunning collection was unveiled. People magazine reports:
"Saint Laurent is fine, according to a spokesman for Foundation Yves St. Laurent, who tells People that the designer checked out of the hospital and is home recuperating from the fall. ... Since 2002, there have been widespread reports of Saint-Laurent's ill-health, peppered with anecdotes about alcohol and drug abuse, depression and even the closure of his once fabled couture house – though the YSL brand still continues today through the parent company of Gucci."
In fact, the YSL brand is now having a bright, shining moment, thanks to the Spring 2007 collection designed by Stefano Pilati. Shown on a runway covered in a lush lawn planted with purple flowers, the garden-inspired collection featured everything from country checkered patterns to elegant purple gowns with floral adornments. What struck me most was how the artful pieces straddled timeless classics and fresh-picked trends. To see the collection, read more