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Jalil Lespert, 2014
As good-looking as one of his creations, this polished (if by-the-book) biopic of the fashion legend focuses heavily on YSL’s long partnership with Pierre Bergé, painted here as a dependable rock for the fragile genius to lean on – and occasionally abuse. We are trotted through the evolution of his designs – the Mondrian shift, le smoking, the heavy hippy look (a response to his carefree Moroccan years) – along with his descent into alcohol, drugs and other Left Bank temptations. Pierre Niney is well cast as YSL, but the entourage of models and hangers-on, with their vacuous fashion chat, only detracts from the main story.
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