the eagle has landed

Denver Art Museum

I have arrived in Denver!!! I cannot wait to check out the YSL retrospective at the Denver Art Museum!!! Posting will be a little light until I get back to Detroit next week, but in the meantime, you can keep up with my adventures in the Mile High City on Facebook, Twitter, and - for all you iPhone users - on Instagram @beccastyle. Did I mention I'm excited to be in Denver? Because I'm excited to be in Denver!!!


yves saint laurent: the giveaway

Hmmmm, what could be inside? I bet you'd like to know!!!

In celebration of my trip to Denver to see the "Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective" exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, my good friends at Neiman Marcus at the Somerset Collection have generously sponsored an amazing giveaway for readers of paper + cloth! Let's take a look inside this gorgeous box!!!


wish list: vintage yves saint laurent

There are only a few days left until I head to Denver to see the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at the Denver Art Museum! And what better way to get in the mood than drooling over some gorgeous vintage YSL? From ebay and Etsy to physical vintage boutiques that also offer online shopping, the internet has a lot to offer when it comes to vintage YSL. Shoes, bags, ties, scarves, and of course clothing...ahhh, the clothing. There are some many great pieces out there! Here are some of my favorites from around the web:

1/ Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Peasant Skirt
From the 1976 "Rich Peasant" collection, this skirt screams summertime. The tiered floral print cotton is accented with braided cobalt trim, a tie waist, and feminine ruffle detail. Boho chic at its finest.
$698, Free People


yves saint laurent: the brand

When Yves Saint Laurent the man founded his couture house in 1962, it was the start of a new fashion empire. The house's history is, according to Voguepedia, "a capsule version of the modern fashion industry - from its beginnings in couture to the eventual dominance of ready-to-wear to the rise of global conglomerates through branding and licensing. Saint Laurent not only witnessed these changes, he helped instigate them, with the assistance of [longtime partner Pierre] Berge."

Couture, pret-a-porter, cosmetics, perfumes, menswear, eyewear, shoes, handbags - it's an empire that eventually proved too much for its sensitive, turbulent founder to handle, and Saint Laurent began to retreat from the world in the late '70s.

But Yves Saint Laurent the brand has endured for 50 years, thanks in large part to the new generation of designers who have carried the torch for the revered founder. Saint Laurent oversaw couture himself until 2002, when he presented his final collection and retired. But Rive Gauche, the ready-to-wear collection and what today we think of as YSL the brand, is a different story.


yves saint laurent: the man

As I mentioned yesterday, next week I head to Denver for the "Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective" exhibit, which is making an exclusive U.S. appearance at the Denver Art Museum. On view March 25 through July 8, the exhibit covers 40 years of haute couture by the legendary designer.

But what exactly makes Yves Saint Laurent, the man, such a legend in the fashion world? The answer to that is simple: he was a visionary.


denver or bust!

I am getting very, very excited! Next week I head to Denver to check out Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum! Exploring 40 years of creativity by Yves Saint Laurent (the man, not the brand), the exhibit, which is on view March 25 - July 8, showcases 200 haute couture outfits, as well as photographs, drawings and films that show how Saint Laurent developed his style. That is a lot of fashion to drool over!

And there will be lots of YSL to drool over on paper + cloth in the days leading up to my departure and while I'm in Denver. Stay tuned for updates, including a super amazing giveaway sponsored by Neiman Marcus at the Somerset Collection. You won't want to miss it!