Monday, 2 June 2008

The King of Couture

So Yves St Laurent has died at the age of 71.

World-renowned haute couture fashion designer and head of Dior by the age of 21.

Rich beyond his wildest dreams.

Surrounded and fawned over by all the young Ganymedes he could shake a stick at (the world's most stunning supermodels too if ever he fancied a change!)

Best buddy to princesses and pop stars alike.

Drug-addled and depressed for most of his adult life.

Yves dharling (air kiss, air kiss) , why did on earth did you suffer in silence? Plenty of us would have been more than happy to relieve you of at least some of these terrible burdens!

Ok, so they do say 'Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins.' (by then you'll be a mile away and you'll have his moccasins!)

Except of course that YSL wouldn't have been seen dead in a pair of moccasins!

Don't know about you, but I never have understood this 'rich and depressed' thing. How does that work exactly?


moi said...

Don't know about you, but I never have understood this 'rich and depressed' thing. How does that work exactly?

Confuzzles the heck outta Moi, too.

Dear SeƱor Yves: You rocked the fashion world for sure, especially in the 1970s. Bless you for Paris and Rive Gauche, Le Smoking Suit and Safari Jackets. May you rest in peace. Fabulously.

Mrs. G. said...

I don't undersand it either, but I would be willing to try bearing the burden of BOTH.

Wisewebwoman said...

To answer the question Laura, I think there are a few short years of exhilaration climbing to the top of the dream and then, surveying the fawning sycophants that surround you, it must be the very loneliest feeling in the world.
I've known and worked for quite a few and they are very, very unhappy, even on their yachts and in their third and fourth homes around the world.
You never know if it is your wealth that gives you all these 'friends'.

teeni said...

OMG - This really gave me a chuckle. I certainly don't know how someone could have so much money and be depressed. I certainly wouldn't have the time to be depressed if money were no issue. I can think of many ways to make myself and others happy with it. Oh well. At least he lived a long life and did provide some nice designs for us while he was here. Gotta give credit for that. ;)

Steve said...

I'd imagine that being rich and depressed is infinitely more preferable to being poor and depressed. How can you enjoy retail therapy when you're poor?

The Sagittarian said...

Yeah, poor little rich man. I do love Rive Gauche however, was one of my fave perfumes a few years back when i didn't have kids and could afford it...should've married a rich ol' man with a bad cough and depression! Maybe next time...

Reluctant Blogger said...

Ah yes, now that is positive thinking - at least I am not rich and depressed. I don't steal shoes either.

I guess the thing about depression is that it strikes anyone. I think people need things to work for, to keep their minds OK and focussed. I guess the poor bugger had everything and had nothing left that he wanted, no more goals left to achieve. Oh dear, I am beginning to feel quite sorry for him now.

Brother Tobias said...

It must be irritating to find people having more fun than you, for less money. Like sitting next to someone who has a discount ticket.

urko said...

I am not making this up. I knew a woman who upon visiting Paris for the first time kept seeing signs for the perfume factory - they said Rive Gauche of course. She told this tale "against" herself so fair play to her. As for YSL, I don't really get it, but it appears to me that many talented artists (and other high achievers) have their careers rooted in some sort of adversity, which may be why so many of them are depressed or loony even after they achieve stuff. People like me who have always had it pretty easy end up underachievers but happy.

Its just a theory and it doesn't seem very good now I've written it down. That happens sometimes, doesn't it?

lucyfishwife said...

Is it just me or does YSL look EXACTLY like George McFly ("Back to the Future")?

The Poet Laura-eate said...

Moi, thank you for pointing out YSL's impressive achievements, aside from being rich and depressed on your own tribute posting!

Mrs G - you and me both!

WiseWebWoman (and no misnomer!), I am sure there is much truth in what you say. But what happened to philanthropy - that formerly noble tradition of the super-rich, once they had achieved all the material goals they craved? I've just been reading a psychology book citing studies that show helping other people and causes (if you can) improves fragile mental health and even longevity on the part of the benefactor. Andrew Carnegie was certainly a good example and in so doing he also bought a sizeable chunk of immortality!

I agree Teeni. It is my lack of money that makes me depressed!

Quite so Steve!

Sagittarian, yep, rich old men with bad coughs/terminal depression are in short suppy alright!

RB, I do wonder about how we all bandy the depression diagnosis as a catch-all description for mental traumas sometimes. Sometimes perhaps we are just feeling 'a little blue', or 'a little flat' or 'a little bit under the weather'. Today's youngsters in particular are now 'devastated' if they lose a footie game, which can't be right! I often wonder how some of our students will react when something truly bad happens to them.

Brother Tobias. Absolutely right. 'Devastating' probably! :-)

Your theory sounds valid to me Urko. And some people are just not that ambitious, lucky or 'hungry for it', but are happy to be so and possibly mentally healthier than otherwise!

LucyFishWife, I don't believe a lot of breeding took place on YSL's part, but you never know!