GONE, NOT FORGOTTEN: The French media is preparing for a week that will be all about Yves.
TV channels have juggled schedules to pay homage to Yves Saint Laurent, who died in Paris Sunday. On the day of his funeral service Thursday, Paris Première will broadcast his final runway show, while public station France 5 will rerun "L'Atelier de la Mode," tracing his life, presented by Virginie Mouzat and featuring Pierre Bergé, which will be run again on Friday.
Elle magazine is creating a special edition dedicated to the designer, due out before the end of the week. And the first of an inevitable slew of YSL tribute tomes, a new biography: "Yves Saint Laurent — l'Homme Couleur de Temps" (Yves Saint Laurent — The Man, The Color of Time), will be unveiled next Wednesday at Paris' Hotel Placide, featuring a preface by the late designer. The 200-page work was penned by Fiona Lewis, described as an intimate friend of the designer.
Saint Laurent muses Mounia and Aissatou are expected at the event.
French newspapers continued heavy coverage through Tuesday. The cover of Le Figaro's lifestyle section featured a photo of Saint Laurent exiting his final show under the headline "Définitivement Génial" (Definitively Brilliant) together with an accolade by his biographer Laurence Benaïm, which preceded the four-page spread.
Libération's front page pictured a young Saint Laurent backstage in 1972, and its 12-page spread included extracts of his retirement speech in 2002. France's National Audiovisual Center (INA) has delved into its television and radio archives to offer a selection of Saint Laurent's interviews on its Web site, such as one back in 1958, when Saint Laurent explained his controversial remark that there is no such thing as an American fashion, all fashion comes from France. Other archived media reports include the spectacular runway show before 80,000 spectators in the Stade de France during the Soccer World Cup in 1998.