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by habituallychic

02 . 18 . 09

My favorite part of fashion week is finding out the inspiration behind each designer’s collection. This year, Derek Lam said his colors and textures were inspired by interiors and most specifically, those of Yves Saint Laurent, while the mood was inspired by the 1958 film Ascenseur pour l’échafaud by Louis Malle. C’est Magnifique!

Mood board from WWD, fashion photos from Style.com and YSL interiors from Christie’s.

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  1. Blushing hostess February 18, 2009 | 10:33 pm

    Love the dresses, wishing they were not neutral though it is the feeling of the times, certainly. The green suit is a little tough but the interior shot you choose is great and helps the suit to be more understandable. Be well, The Hostess

  2. Daily Moda February 18, 2009 | 10:47 pm

    What a smart post! Combining fashion with interior design 😀 Well done!

  3. Paloma {La Dolce Vita} February 18, 2009 | 10:50 pm

    Excellent post! I love hearing about a designer’s inspiration and certainly enjoy when it relates to interior design.

  4. STYLE RUMORS February 18, 2009 | 11:06 pm

    good work,thank you for great inspirations

  5. Ivy Lane February 18, 2009 | 11:07 pm

    OMG! The SHOES/Boots..are fabUlous!

    Great post! 🙂

    How you coming along with finding a cheaper painter?? I have a great resource here in CleveLAND…wonder if she travels..??

    What do you consider a fair price in NYC? does it go by square feet of wall space?..??

  6. fromtherightbank February 18, 2009 | 11:12 pm

    What a great post – fashion, design AND film! I love Louis Malle and I think I need to go rent Ascenseur pour l’échafaud right now.

  7. seesaw designs February 18, 2009 | 11:28 pm

    Such a great post — it’s always so interesting to see the overlap between fashion, interior, and graphic design.

  8. maison21 February 19, 2009 | 2:56 am

    i love all the YSL interiors. i’ve always wondered if he did them himself? or had someone that he used? i know lots of fashion designers claim to do their own homes, but actually employ a designer anonymously, and just wondered whether that was the case with yves, or if he was a genius at both interiors and fashion.

  9. Habitually Chic February 19, 2009 | 3:05 am

    Blushing Hostess – I don’t love those pants with the green jacket but I love the shoulders. Very chic!

    Daily Moda – Well, Derek Lam was inspired by the interiors so he gets all the credit. I just illustrated it.

    Paloma – It’s just another example of how fashion, art and design are all related.

    Thanks Style Rumors!

    Ivy Lane – I have a few new references. He wanted $600 for the tiny kitchen after we already paid him a lot for the entire apt. I thought he could have given us a break since he had just painted it. It was a bit much.

    From the Right Bank – I had never heard of that movie so I will have to check it out too.

    Seesaw Designs – I think all design is related.

    Maison21 – He worked with Jaques Grange but I don’t think Jaques dictated everything. They seemed to put things where they liked them. Yves and Pierre were outstanding collectors! They had an amazing eye for art and only bought the best. I love looking at everything!

  10. Habitually Chic February 19, 2009 | 3:07 am

    I spelled Jacques wrong but I think you knew who I meant 😉

  11. Madame Meg February 19, 2009 | 4:53 am

    Great juxtapositions! Really helps draw the correlation between the two. That white dress might just be the definition of sexy…
    I love YSL interiors- I tried to replicate one in my living room and very quickly realized that working with (barely) 8 foot ceilings requires a lot of modification on the color/pattern quotient!

  12. Penelope Bianchi February 19, 2009 | 9:13 am

    If I don’t go to bed…….I will need to find a new husband…..and mine is the cutest……but this blog is seriously addicting……..


    more later…..just wonderful in every way!


    Penelope Bianchi

  13. Room Service ~ Decorating 101 February 19, 2009 | 12:23 pm

    Very interesting post…thanks for sharing!

  14. pve design February 19, 2009 | 1:22 pm

    Oh, the footwear stepping into any one of those interior shots, would make quite an entrance.

  15. Coffee with Cathy February 19, 2009 | 2:01 pm

    What a great behind-the-scenes look into how designers think. Thank you for that. As always, I learn something from your blog. And maybe Domino will come back. After all, fan pressure works sometimes!

  16. Alice Olive February 19, 2009 | 2:10 pm

    A wonderful post and a lovely collection. Thank you – great way to start my day!

  17. Serendipity February 19, 2009 | 2:38 pm

    I love the colours of the dresses especially the mustard first one!
    The fabrics look really smooth and chic.


  18. ACDesign February 19, 2009 | 3:36 pm

    I am a creative director at an graphic/web design agency and we do these same inspiration boards before we even start designing. It helps me focus an idea since you can go in so many directions. Many graphic designers will resist working in this way because they think it hinders creativity. I think it does quite the opposite, it also saves time. If you would like to see an example of a brand I created from an inspiration board, go to our new website and click on case studies (inspiration board in on slide #11):



  19. Habitually Chic February 19, 2009 | 3:47 pm

    Madame Meg – There are tricks for low ceilings like lacquering them in a high gloss that make ceilings appear taller. Just something to think about.

    Thanks Penelope!

    Room Service – glad you enjoyed it!

    PVE – that type of shoe is all over the runways this season. I might have to check them out!

    Coffee with Cathy – I enjoy learning new things and sharing them!

    Alice – have a great day!

    Serendipity – the yellow was my favorite!

    ACDesign – I wish I could afford you! Your work looks great and I love that you had my friend David’s room on your mood board!

  20. Sabina February 19, 2009 | 6:11 pm

    This is such a clever post – I really enjoyed the rooms and outfits!!

  21. Jaime @ PrimaDonna Boutique February 19, 2009 | 8:51 pm

    Great post; thanks for the inspiration and lovely images.

  22. M February 19, 2009 | 10:51 pm

    Beautiful! I really enjoyed your blog.

  23. Easy and Elegant Life February 20, 2009 | 7:20 pm

    Who could fail to be inspired, in one way or another, by YSL’s apartment? I use a shot of it as my desktop.