In celebration of Creative Director Stefano Pilati’s AW 09-10 Homme collection for Yves Saint Laurent, the iconic French fashion house has released a short film created by photographers Inez can Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The film stars actor and musician Michael Pitt who is best known for his roles in indie films such as Last Days, Bully and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The film, shot in black and white, pays homage to the Yves Saint Laurent AW collection in a tender exchange between Pitt and an unseen woman. The frame is filled with Pitt’s face, and focuses on his reactions to the softly spoken words of the invisible woman. She speaks lovingly about clothing as Pitt looks on in silent reverence at a spectacle that is entirely hidden from the audience. The physical absence of this enigmatic woman causes the imagination to run wild, as it is easy to imagine her behind the lens, slowly undressing herself to the speechless wonder of Pitt.
The short film was premiered at Paris Men’s Fashion Week last night along with a fashion show and private reception for selected guests and friends of the label. The collection itself, based on a dark palette of muted tones and sharp, masculine tailoring was deemed a sartorial delight by Fantastic Man Deputy Editor Charlie Porter whose Twitter proclaimed, "just got slapped in the face by Stefano Pilati. In a good way. OhGOD. YSL did curved fronts on oversize jackets and cut strict. Best show so far."