Tuesday, September 21, 2010

L'Amour Fou

L'amour fou translated into English means crazy love or mad love.  It is also the title of a new documentary about the love of more than 50 years between fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner in business and life, Pierre Bergé.  Listening to Pierre Bergé speak at Yves funeral is enough to make even the most hardened heart cry with sadness.  Theirs was a love that endured even through Yves' issues with drugs and alcohol.  The filmmaker, Pierre Thoretton, met the legendary designer through his former wife, Chiara Mastroianni, whose mother is Catherine Deneuve.  He originally wanted to focus on the couple’s homes but quickly realized the story lay not in the interiors Saint Laurent and Bergé had created, but in their enduring relationship. “I have never met a couple that has stuck together for 50 years, through the ups and downs, and I thought it was simply extraordinary,” he says. “Their love was unconditional. I have never seen anything like it and it still blows me away.” Pierre Bergé also generously opened up to the director about his decision to sell their art collection at Christie's after Yves death. Their close friends Betty Catroux and Loulou de la Falaise are also included in the documentary that debuted at the Toronto Film Festival recently.  It will be released in Europe on September 22nd but I'm not sure when we'll be able to see L'Amour Fou in the States.  As Yves Saint Laurent famously once said, "fashions fade, style is eternal," and in this case, love is also eternal.

8 comments:

Karena said...

I really want to see this film, hopefully sooner than later! A truely incredible story!

Karena
Art by Karena

Brillante Home Decor said...

Great post, I will like the movie for sure as I did Valentino's: Fashion, Style, Love, Genius. Chiara Mastroianni is also the daughter of Marcello (the beautiful and talented Italian actor of La Dolce Vita and so many more extraordinary movies )and she really looks like him more than gorgeous Catherine.

Christina said...

Nicely written post. Made me a little misty. Looks like a beautiful movie.

BestofDesign said...

Just added it to my Netflix list!! Thanks for the post!

Sarah from BestofBeehive.com said...

Fifty years together. That is impressive. I love a good love story, especially with great design!

jones said...

Heather, what a beautiful tribute to both the film and to the love of a century. Mary

Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors said...

As always, a great post. I can't wait for the film to be release here. I, totally agree with you about Bazzar. This photo shot with Drew Barrymore, was just amazing. One Word for Drew: Fab! As were your piece.

sandrajonas.com said...

Thanks for another informative post. I would not have known about this movie, and I adore YSL. Probably the best designer since Chanel.

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