Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati has a marked affection for film. Cinema, after all, is the name of a YSL fragrance. And in recent seasons, his men’s presentations all have involved movies. This outing’s oeuvre offered a new twist: It showed no clothes. Instead, the steamy black-and-white clip by photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin depicted actor Michael Pitt twitching in ecstasy as a sexy, off-camera voice—courtesy of French writer Stephanie Cohen—recited poetry derived from Pilati’s cool collection of tailored jackets and coats. Most in the audience agreed it was a stimulating prelude to the runway presentation that followed. After the show, Pilati explained he wanted to convey his love of clothes.
“A lot of men are obsessed by clothes,” he said. “Fashion is fetishistic.”
Lamsweerde and Matadin said they were inspired by Andy Warhol’s screen tests. “[We wanted] all the emotion to come from Michael’s face and eyes, with very small head movements. The video had to be about the sensuality of the clothes and their materials.”
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