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Episode 45: The Masthead with Marie Claire Video

The impact of Yves Saint Laurent on the fashion industry.

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Yves Saint Laurent just passed away recently and then he was a very influential designer, he definitely created a lot of iconic looks. So, we decided to do a tribute to him and basically shoot some of his pieces but also pieces that other designers had done that were inspired by him.

His impacts throughout this career on the fashion industry was extraordinary. I mean he really started so many ways that women dress.

I looked at all of his work. I am very much familiar with his work but I just wanted to get more of an idea inside. And I had to like just step away from that and just create something which would be my own strong compositioning and just something very modern.

He has just influenced and inspired every single trend basically that's happened in the last couple of years be it Safari animal print, bows, feathers, the tuxedo. I mean just you name it; it's amazing like how much he has done for the world of fashion.


We're looking at the clothes that were inspired by Yves Saint Laurent but channel through other designers. So, if it's Michael Kors or Club Monaco everyone this season has their own take on the YSL trend. And we really put the trends together for you and then we put all the ways that you can wear a little bit of YSL.

We shot a lot of different designers takes on his clothes and then we [unknown] imposed quotes that he had, you know, given throughout the years about certain collections or about how women should dress or about fashion. So, it was sort of a retrospective but not only with his own designs.

What struck me was the way that he bridged masculinity and that elegance. The way that he brought those two components together it's just amazing.

It's good to invest in classic pieces or have your own classic style, your own classic look that can carry over through the seasons and that was something that YSL did, he sort of change those a little bit every season but it was something that you could definitely tell with his.

I've been a photographer for about 7 years now, ever since I was 12 my mother gave me a camera and didn't put it down.

Kevin Sinclair is a photographer we use in the studio a lot. He has a great sense of studio lighting, he is very good with the models, he is good with [unknown] and their models.

And he really manages to get you to see the clothes so you know what the story is about.

One, two, three. Gorgeous. I love design, I love clothes. I've had interest in becoming a designer as well. But the whole industry, fashion, has always been my thing.

We like working with photographers who are clear, who have a sense of vision, who have reasonably strong feelings about the clothes and about the model. And we have a great range of photographers and we're very excited to work with them all.

We have been working with Kevin for I guess almost a year now and he is just so easy to work with.

My main focus is on editorial, I love shooting editorials so it's-- that's my passion.

He is just a great photographer; he always comes back with a beautiful shot.

Kevin has very interesting poses that he asks the models to do and I love that he always study before he comes on set. He'll always come with different inspirations and different tiers, and all magazines, all books, old movie sales. And he always uses those to kind of inspire the model and, the hair and makeup and it's like this great big sort of collage that he makes on the table. And then we take something from there and, you know, make the shoot happen.

I photographed a few celebrities, not many. But definitely I would love to [unknown] into the, you know, celebrity, I would love to see how I can like transition like taking a great model and then, you know, doing what I'm doing with them and then doing that with the celebrity.

I got one, yeah.

Yeah, you too. That's what I [unknown].


Yeah. Well, if you have a passion definitely go for it. Don't let anyone stop you. There's gonna be a lot of people that will say, oh, you know, it's gonna be very challenging, these things like, you know, of course it is challenging but if you have a vision and you want to express yourself through photography absolutely just go for it.

For the December issue we have done a style lesson. We've taken 3 women who are insiders in the industry; you basically ask them how we can update our looks for the [unknown].

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