SAINT LAURENT TALKS OF WOE

PARIS — Le tout Paris is aflutter about video footage of a conversation between Yves Saint Laurent and Bernard Arnault at former YSL men’s star Hedi Slimane’s debut show for Christian Dior. In the tape, filmed by journalist Loic Prigent and aired Tuesday on cable network Canal Plus, Saint Laurent tells the LVMH chief he “suffers like a martyr.” The legendary designer continues: “It’s terrible, it’s terrible.” Then: “Mr. Arnault, get me out of this scam.” Enter Saint Laurent’s business partner, Pierre Berge, who says: “Yves, there are microphones everywhere. Don’t say a thing.”
There was no direct reference on the tape to what Saint Laurent was lamenting.
As reported, the front-row presence of Saint Laurent and Berge at Slimane’s show has already been decried as an act of treason by the union for YSL, which is owned by Gucci Group.
In an open letter Monday, the union head wrote to Berge that “in the battle between the groups PPR and LVMH you have chosen your camp,” referring to the pitched battle between Arnault and Francois Pinault, who controls 42 percent of Gucci Group. Arnault owns Dior.
Berge could not be reached for comment Friday. Pinault and Gucci declined to comment on the tape..

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