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Bathing YSL Style

Bathing YSL Style

Inspiration is everywhere, it’s true, and what better place to look than peering through the rooms of one of the greatest style arbiters of our time? A few months ago, Thames & Hudson released The Private World of Yves St. Laurent & Pierre Bergé. In it is a rare treat - photographer Ivan Terestchenko documents countless rooms and gardens across seven homes that St. Laurent shared with his long time companion. The resulting book is quintessentially YSL: refined, elegant, with ravishing attention to detail and dare we say it, hints of quirkiness.

The book is hugely inspiring and sure to become a collector’s item, so snatch it up now and take notes... We love the old fashioned telephone propped on a nobly side table in one of Bergé’s bathrooms. And the gorgeous Greek tiles that border the ceiling of YSL’s serenely pretty space – we’re envisioning chic topiaries filling those corner cachepots. It’s all very highbrow indeed, but they let their hair down in Morocco; where another bathroom features playful colored glass windows in eye-popping stains.

In a move that shocked many, Bergé put most of their belongings up for auction after St. Laurent’s 2008 death. The resulting Christie’s sale, at the Grand Palais in Paris, garnered record-breaking results. For a peak inside the jaw-dropping figures, check out the July issue of American Architectural Digest.

Photographs © Ivan Terestchenko