Thursday, June 05, 2008

Adieu Monsieur Laurent

It's a sad, sad day in the fashion world. Hundreds of Yves Saint Laurent devotees gathered in Paris's streets today to pay final respects to one of the industry's most influential designers.

Crowds began to form behind police barracades in the early a.m. at the Eglise Saint-Roch to catch the afternoon mass, which was aired outside the church on a giant television. As Saint Laurent's remains made its way to the church in the early afternoon, the crowd erupted in applause. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, accompanied by his wife, Carla Bruni, decorated Saint Laurent’s coffin with the French flag and joined the 800+ other mourners for the service.

The scene
John Galliano
Marc Jacobs
Giancarlo Giammetti and Valentino Garavani
Jean Paul Gaultier

In attendance were Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Christian Lacroix, John Galliano, Alber Elbaz, Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stefano Pilati, Kenzo Takada, Hubert de Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood, Catherine Deneuve, LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, PPR owner Francois Pinault, Bernadette Chirac, Laetitia Casta and Claudia Schiffer.