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Things I Did This July

Back in Ohio!
Denni, her cousin Devin and I decided we were going to try being “in training cooks”. Since it was the 4th and summer we were feeling a beach themed snack! So last night we decided to do “A bear in Paradise”. Which is by far the coolest/easiest snack we could have done! Great for parties or friends coming over for a swimming party!

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Teddy Grams
Air Head Extremes
Vanilla Cookie Crumbs
French Vanilla Pudding
Blue Food Coloring
ENJOY 🙂

FIREWORKS!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

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But first let me take a selfie haha
Have a great day followers!!

CAKE POP FAILURE
A CHEF I AM NOT!!!!
Haha tried making cake pops today as well…. Yikes but my Chanel sweatshirt was matching so it’s all good!!
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Michael Kors

“Personal style is knowing yourself, your lifestyle, your body and finding clothes that become the frame. You become the star. It’s knowing when to say yes and when to say no.” – Michael Kors

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Karl Anderson, Jr., now known as Michael Kors, is a New York City based fashion designer. Kors’ collections include womenswear, menswear, handbags, shoes, jeans, footwear, watches, and other accessories. His mother was a model which led him to have an interest in fashion since a young age. Even as a teenager, he was designing and selling clothing under the name the “Iron Butterfly.” He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City but then dropped out to work at Bergdorf Goodman boutique selling his designs. Then in 1981, he launched his womenswear line. From 1993-1997, Kors suffered financial trouble but then got back on his feet when he became the first womenswear designer for Celine fashion house. For his own brand, he launched a menswear collection in 2002. He left the Celine house in 2003 and added accessories to his own line. Kors was able to add to his brand, including the Michael Kors runway collection, the MICHAEL Michael Kors and KORS Michael Kors lines. He has boutiques nationally such as in New York, Chicago, and Beverly Hills. Kors is well-known for his time on the television show Project Runway. He is also popular with celebrities; stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Rachel McAdams have worn his clothing. First Lady Michelle Obama wore Michael Kors in her first term official portrait as First Lady as well as Alicia Keys at President Obama’s inaugural ball in 2013. Gwyneth Paltrow wore Michael Kors collection in the movie Possession and in 2006 Jennifer Garner wore a custom Michael Kors dress as a presenter at the Academy Awards. He starred as himself in an episode of Gossip Girl and was referenced in the film The Devil Wears Prada. In 2014, Michael Kors was listed as the latest fashion industry billionaire. Other awards are the 2013 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, the Golden Heart Lifetime Achievement Award by God’s Love We Deliver in 2012, the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research in 2010, the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America along with the Fragrance Foundation’s FiFi Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010. He was on Time magazine’s list of top 100 most influential people in 2013. Michael Kors still has a lot to offer the fashion industry.

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Urban Impact

“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” – Alexander Wang

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 He is an urban fashion designer for his own line as well as the Creative Director for Balenciaga. He was born in San Fransisco, California and developed an interest for design at an early age. He attended Parsons: The New School for Design until 2005 when he decided to create his own label. He interned at Marc Jacobs, Teen Vogue, and Vogue. 2007 brought the runway release of his first ready-wear collection for women. In 2008, Wang was awarded as the winner for the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award. His first handbag collection was launced in 2008. He was mentored by Diane von Furstenberg. In 2009, he won the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year and the Swiss Textiles Award. Also during this year, Wang launched Women’s T by Alexander Wang. In 2010, he launched the Men’s T by Alexander Wang and also won the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year award for accessories. According to GQ US magazine, he was the Best Menswear Designer of the Year for 2011 and also won CFDA’ s Best Accessory Designer award. He was also given the “Fashion Star” award by Fashion Group International in 2013. His first store opened in 2011 in New York. His first Balenciaga collection was released in 2013. As of 2014, he is the next designer for H&M. His clothing designs, including footwear, eyewear, and lingerie collections are now sold worldwide, such as in Barneys New York. He designed for Principle 6 during the Soch Winter Olympics to support against anti-gay discrimination. Alexander Wang’s creative, hipster, and younger-geared style will continue growing for years to come.

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House of Balenciaga

“A couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for color, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance.” – Cristobal Balenciaga

Cristobal Balenciaga:

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This Spanish born fashion designer founded the fashion house Balenciaga. His fashion history starts early, with his mother being a seamstress and then began as an apprentice for a tailor. Eventually after working for the Marchioness de Casa Torres, she sent him to Madrid for formal tailor training. In 1919, he opened his own boutique in Spain. Elite Spanish royals wore his designs. The boutique had to be closed as a result of the Spanish Civil War, which led Balenciaga to open a store in Paris in 1937. Beginning in the 1950s, Balenciaga started to change fashion. He broadened shoulders and removed waists in dresses, he designed the tunic (chemise) dress, and created the Empire line. He created the wedding dress for Fabiola de Mora y Aragón in 1960. He is one of the top designers for haute couture of the 1950s and 60s. Christian Dior referred to Balenciaga as “the master of us all.” Balenciaga inspired people such as Oscar de la Renta and Hubert de Givenchy. He died in Spain in 1972. San Francisco’s M.H. de Young Museum honored him in 2011. The Balenciaga Museum was created in 2011, with Givenchy as the president of the Balenciaga Foundation.

Balenciaga- Fashion House:

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Balenciaga was founded to great standards and success. Even after the closing of the boutique in Spain, the opening of the Paris store brought in customers seeking the highly sought-after designs of Cristobal Balenciaga. During World War II, the shop still had people pouring in. 1951 brought the change of the women’s silhouette from the designer. The tunic dress, the balloon jacket, the high-waisted baby doll dress, the cocoon coat, the balloon skirt, and the sack dress all came from Balenciaga. Heavy fabrics and bold materials were used for the clothing. For his fashion house, Cristobal Balenciaga didn’t want to be apart of the press or media. Jacques Bogart S.A. took over the company in 1986 and released the first ready-wear line, Le Dix. Michel Goma launched the first collection in 1987. He was replaced in 1992 with Josephus Thimister. Balenciaga rose to high-end fashion status again under Thimister. The brand designed the French team’s clothes for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Nicolas Ghesquière was appointed Head Designer in 1997. Kering now owns the company and Ghesquière runs the menswear and womenswear. Famous names like Jackie Kennedy, Kylie Minogue, Sienna Miller, and Nicole Kidman are associated with the company’s clothing. Kidman’s wedding dress was a Balenciaga piece. The famous “Lariat” bag is from the brand. The United States is home to seven exclusive Balenciaga stores, even a shop in Honolulu, Hawaii. Architecture is a special part of all Balenciaga boutiques. A spread in an issue of Teen Vogue was dedicated to the company in 2007. Nicolas Ghesquière was replaced by Alexander Wang in 2012 and his first collection for the brand was released at the 2013 Paris Fashion Week. The fashion house Balenciaga will continue highly competing in the fashion industry.

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Threads: Ellie Goulding

“I like the idea of one day there being peacefulness and happiness.” – Ellie Goulding

Elena Jane Goulding:

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This UK born star a singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She can play the guitar, mandolin, keyboard, bass, drums, and clarinet. Growing up in Lyonshall, Goulding began her music career at the age of nine with the clarinet. After her instrumental talents grew into the guitar, she was a lead in The Wizard of Oz for school and started writing songs at fifteen. College brought her singing capacity to the table and added to her musical abilities. She attended the University of Kent and was noticed by Jamie Lillywhite of Turn First Artists. Goulding then started working with Lillywhite and musician Starsmith. Some of her early UK releases are “Wish I Stayed,” “Under the Sheets,” and “Guns and Horses.” Goulding won the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, showing her as a rising star. The Critics’ Choice Award at the 2010 BRIT Awards was also given to her. Lights, her first album, was released in 2010. It hit number one for the UK Albums Chart. Her second, Run Into the Light, released the same year,was a remix of songs from her first album and was supported by Nike. Goulding re-released Lights, now titled Bright Lights. During Christmastime, her 2010 cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” became Goulding’s second highest-charting single. She performed at the Glastonbury Festival and the iTunes Festival in 2010 as well. In 2011, she was on the list of Rolling Stone annual hot list as number five. She played at Coachella in 2011. She performed her single “Starry Eyed” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2011 and then was Saturday Night Live’s 700th episode. At the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Goulding performed “Your Song” for the couple’s first dance along with a number of other singles. In 2011 she collaborated with Skrillex. 2011 brought a number of musical performances for Goulding including the 2011 Wakestock Festival in Wales, at Lollapalooza in Chicago, and at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert. She sang at the White House for the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in 2011 as well. Her second album, Halcyon, was released in 2012 and including her hit with Calvin Harris, “I Need Your Love,” and other hits like “Anything Could Happen” and “Figure 8.” She was on the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 soundtrack in 2012 and toured with Bruno Mars in 2013. Other hits from that year include “You My Everything” and a cover of “Tessellate.” Goulding re-released Halcyon, as Halcyon Days, in 2013. This including her hit “Burn” which became her first single to top the UK’s Official Single Charts. The film About Time included her song “How Long Will I Love You?” and it became BBC’s Children in Need single. She was on the soundtrack for “Mirror” for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Goulding starred in the film Tom & Issy. She also performed on the final of The X Factor. In 2014, she released the music video for her hit “Goodness Gracious,” and her song “Beating Heart” was featured in the movie soundtrack for Divergent. She was a winner at the Brit Awards 2014 for Best British Female Solo Artist. Goulding has said she is influenced by Imogen Heap and Joni Mitchell. She loves running and ran in the Nike Women Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. in 2013. She is close friends with singers Lorde and Katy Perry. Goulding says of her fashion style, “My fashion inspiration is everything from Patti Smith to Gwen Stefani, even Courtney Love.” She is currently in a relationship with McFly member Dougie Poynter (until she meets me, of course, since we will be getting married…) Ellie Goulding is one of the most amazing people to join the musical world and I cannot wait for what she brings next.

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1. Her style is so simple but still extremely chic.
2. She is beyond humble, even with her tremendous success.
3. She has the best outlook and attitude towards life.
4. She isn’t as big of a name as she deserves to be…yet!
5. She doesn’t have to try to be different; she’s her own person.
6. She is one of the few famous singers who actually has talent and can sing for real.
7. She needs to collaborate with Lily Allen.
8. The rumors about her are ridiculous.
9. She is friendly and a great person who connects to her fans and cares about them.
10. She needs to get more into acting.

Threads for Her: Lauren Conrad

“It’s a good thing to feel like you have to prove something.” – Lauren Conrad

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Television star, author, and fashion designer, Lauren “LC” Conrad never strayed from being herself while fulfilling her dreams. She was born in Laguna Beach, California and started an interest with fashion as early as the sixth grade. She began a career with television thanks to MTV’s Laguna Beach and even appeared on MTV’s Cribs. She first attended the Academy of Art University in San Fransisco in 2004 until transferring to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She left Laguna Beach at the end of the second series but ended up making an appearance during the third season because her sister was a cast member. Conrad moved to L.A. in 2006 and starred in The Hills. She interned with Teen Vogue under Lisa Love. In 2007, she was a spokeswoman for Avon until 2010. Also in that year, she played herself in the film Epic Movie as well as making an appearance in the television show Greek and voicing herself in the show Family Guy. She was hired in 2008 under fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone. She left The Hills in 2009 and was in an issue of Cosmopolitan the same year. Her books include L.A. Candy, Sweet Little Lies, and Sugar and Spice. L.A. Candy was a New York Times bestseller in 2009. The Lauren Conrad Style was released in 2010. She was a judge on America’s Next Top Model’s thirteenth cycle. “LC Lauren Conrad” was launched by Kohl’s in 2009. “The Beauty Department” was produced in 2011 along with another fashion line “Paper Crown.” She also wrote The Fame Game, Starstruck, Infamous, and another style guide called Lauren Conrad Beauty. She opened an online store in 2014 called The Little Market and was on the show Fashion Police. Conrad has appeared in issues of Glamour, Lucky, Marie Claire, and People StyleWatch. Conrad was the second highest-paid reality star in 2010. She’s an advocate for same-sex marriage, the economy, and voting. From 2006-2009 she won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Female Reality TV award for The Hills. She is engaged to musician William Tell. Conrad is known for her relationships, friendships, and even fights with fellow reality stars such as Lo Bosworth, Kristin Cavallari, Brody Jenner, Hedi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port. Lauren Conrad will continue pleasing the fashion industry with her down-to-earth personality, her willing to stand up for herself and what she believes in, along with her creativity and ideas for fashion and pop culture.

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Get That Look: Justin Bieber

Bieber Fever:

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Starting off on YouTube, this Canadian born pop star is now a name known around the world. Getting his big break from Usher, Justin Bieber doesn’t seem to stop making headlines. He grew up in Ontario and knew how to play guitar, trumpet, drums, and piano from an early age. His mother posting his videos online is what got him noticed. He was signed to RBMG record label with Usher and then with L.A. Reid and Island Records in 2008. His song “One Time” was his first single and sent him to the top, along with “One Less Lonely Girl” and his album My World. Bieber’s music peaked on Billboard Hot 100 and sent his album to go Platinum in the United States and Double Platinum in the UK and Canada. Even early in his career, Bieber performed on a number of shows like The Today Show, Ellen DeGeneres, Good Morning America, and Chelsea Lately. He sang for President Obama and his family during Christmastime in 2009 and sang for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve the same year. He presented at the Grammy Awards in 2010. Also in 2010, his My World 2.0 album along with his hits “Baby” and “Somebody to Love” were released and topped the charts. For Billboard 200, Bieber became the youngest solo male act to be number one since 1963. It is said that his music video for “Baby” became the most disliked and most viewed video for 2010. “Beliebers” became a top buzzword in 2010 and he was the top trending star for Twitter. His film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was released in 2011 and was sent straight to the top for the box office. In 2011, Justin Bieber ranked on Forbes list as #2 for Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30. The next year, his album Believe and his song “Boyfriend” were released, keeping him on top. His follow-up film, Justin Bieber’s Believe was also released in 2012. Wax figures of the pop star can be found at Madame Tussauds museums in Amsterdam, London, and New York. He endorsed Adidas in 2012. Bieber has a line of fragrances as well. He is constantly in the press, whether for his music, hairstyle, or recently frequent controversies, such as his relationship with Selena Gomez or his legal issues. He has also made himself known for the fashion industry. Justin Bieber doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses:

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Sons of Heroes- Ziggy Drop Leather Pants:

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$198 (Suggestion)

Louis Vuitton Damier Scarf:

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$745

Hermes, s’il vous plaît!

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The Beginning:

Established in 1837, this French based luxury brand produces anywhere from fragrances and high end clothing to accessories and Birkin bags. The founder of Hermes is Thierry Hermès, who started it as a harness workshop in Paris. His son, Charles-Émile Hermès took over the company, and with the help of his family, Hermes started offering their products to the most elite in places in Europe, Asia, Russia, and North America. After Charles, his son Émile Hermès really took over the company and brought it to the foundation it needed to become so successful today. Hermes started furnishing for the czar of Russia and is said to be the first to introduce the zipper in France. Hermes created the first leather golf jacket with a zipper. During the 1920s, the first accessories and clothing lines were formed for the company, such as in 1922 when the first leather handbag collection was introduced by Hermes. In 1929, the first womenswear couture apparel line was introduced. The 1930s brought about Hermes watches for both men and women. In 1935, the “Kelly bag,” named after Grace Kelly, was created. Then in 1937, Hermes scarves were released. The first Hermes perfume was called Eau d’Hermès and was produced in 1949. The horse and carriage logo started in the 1950s. Queen Elizabeth II worn a Hermes scarf in a postage stamp in 1956.

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Jean-Louis Dumas brought Hermes out of a low point during the 1970s. He started selling products to Bloomingdale’s in New York. He changed the image for Hermes. The 1979 denim advertising for the company brought a new look for Hermes. By the 1990s, the Hermes family was listed on Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires. Jean-Louis Dumas retired in 2006 and passed away in 2010. Patrick Thomas replaced him and was the first non-Hermes person to lead the company. Hermes now sells clothing for men and women, watches, fragrances, gloves, tablewear, jewelry, footwear, cosmetics, and other accessories. As of 2012, Hermes doesn’t allow refunds on their products, only exchanges (within ten days of the purchase) and only for a different color for the piece. Hermes will remain a competing luxury brand for many years to come.

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Le Luxe à son Meilleur

“Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness.” – Christian Dior

Christian Dior: The Designer

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Christian Dior is the founder of one of the top fashion houses of the world. Even at a young age, he was always interested in fashion. He started selling fashion sketches. His father helped him open a small art gallery in 1928 but had to be closed due to family financial problems. In 1937, Dior started working under designer Robert Piguet and alongside Pierre Balmain. Dior then succeed Marc Bohan as house designer until joining the army. In 1942 he joined the Lucien Lelong fashion house. In 1946, Dior founded his own fashion house. New Look (originally titled Corolle) was the title of his first collection released in 1947. It was structured upon the use of many fabrics and creating shapes. The collection helped bring Paris back as the top for fashion. In 1951, he released his first book called Je Suis Couturier. In March of 1957, he appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Christian Dior passed away on October 23rd, 1957. 

Christian Dior: The Fashion House

Christian Dior is one of the best known fashion houses in the world. It’s chaired by Bernard Arnault and owned by LVMH. The company produces ready wear clothing lines for men, women, and children, as well as accessories, footwear, jewelry, fragrances, and cosmetics. The brand has a tradition of creating haute couture collections. The New Look collection was the beginning for making Dior majorly significant for the fashion world. Along with the clothing collection, the company launched Christian Dior Parfums in which both lines granted Dior over 12 million dollars in profits in 1948. The first store outside of Paris opened in New York City in 1949. The brand began licensing the name “Christian Dior” in 1950 on a number of products including neckties, furs, hats, gloves, scarves, and jewelry. During the same year, Dior designed the dresses in the film Stage Fright. Christian Dior Models Limited was created in 1952. The next year, the first shoe line was launched. By this time, locations were in Paris, New York City, Mexico, Cuba, Italy, and Canada for the brand. In 1955, the first Dior lipstick was released. Dior had sold over 100,000 clothing pieces by 1956. Yves Saint Laurent was promoted Artistic Director in 1957 and was replaced by Marc Bohan in 1960. He created the Slim Look which was highly praised by Elizabeth Taylor in 1961. Miss Dior, the first French ready-to-wear collection was launched in 1967, the first Baby Dior boutique was opened in 1967, and The Christian Dior Coordinated Knit Line was released in 1968. The company was sold to LVMH during the same year and the Christian Dior Cosmetics launched in 1969. In 1973, the first Christian Dior Ready-to-Wear Fur collection was released. The Paris Fashion Museum dedicated an exhibition to the company on their 40th anniversary. Bohan was replaced as head designer in 1989 by Gianfranco Ferré. By 1997, Ferré was replaced by John Galliano. The famous Dior “J’adore” was released in 1999. Dior’s ads are said to have started the porn chic campaigns trend for the fashion industry. The “Christian Dior: Man of the Century,” exhibition was held in Normandy in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Christian Dior. Raf Simmons was announced as the new artistic director in 2012. Christian Dior locations to date is over 210 places. Actress Jennifer Lawrence is commonly known for wearing designs by Dior. The company will continue being at the top for the fashion world for many years to come.

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“Ain’t Laurent Without Yves”

“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.” – Yves Saint Laurent

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Know as one of the most important names in the fashion industry, French designer Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent was never afraid to push the limit. He started off with an interest in fashion at an early age. Laurent entered and won a fashion designs contest in 1953 called the International Wool Secretariat. After attending the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, his talents opened up a whole new world. He once again entered the competition and won for the second time, beating out follow designer Karl Lagerfeld. Laurent was then introduced to Christian Dior by French Vogue editor Michel De Brunoff. He was hired for Dior the same day. After the death of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent succeed the designer and became the head designer for the House of Christian Dior S.A. in 1957. The next year, Laurent launched his spring 1958 collection to rave reviews, even being know as the creator of the “trapeze dress.” Farah Diba, the wife of the Shah of Iran, asked Laurent to design her wedding gown in 1959. The next year, Laurent joined the French Army. During this time, he was fired from Dior and suffered medical and mental health problems. After being released from the Army hospital the same year, he sued Dior and won the case. Laurent and then partner, Pierre Bergé, started their own fashion house. It was then that Laurent changed the fashion world. He is said to be the first to introduce a women’s tuxedo suit. This happened in 1966, called Le Smoking. Laurent’s brand starting popularizing styles like safari jackets for men and women along with the beatnik look, wearing silhouettes, and thigh-high boots. He is also said to be the first to launch a ready-wear line. He is well-known for his use of non-white models such as supermodel Iman. In 1983 he was honored at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But starting n the 1960s and 70s, Laurent received criticism for becoming known for partying, drinking, and the use of cocaine. The pressure to creating two per year lines of ready-to-wear collections and haute couture ones brought down Laurent’s health and led to him turning over his lines to his assistants in 1987. French president Jacques Chirac gave Laurent the rank of Commander of the Légion d’Honneur in 2001. He retired in 2002. In 2007, French president Nicolas Sarkozy awarded Laurent with the title Grand Officier de la Légion d’honneur. Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 from brain cancer. His ashes were spread in Marrakech, Morocco. An auction of famous paintings collected over by Laurent over the years took place in 2009 and the proceeds went to AIDS research. Laurent was a main focus for a number of films, including the 2014 release of the film Yves Saint Laurent, directed by Jalil Lespert; the part of Laurent is played by French actor Pierre Niney. Even through hard times and controversy, Yves Saint Laurent’s works are still being used in the fashion industry today and he is known as a great fashion name.

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