Thursday, June 12, 2008

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But he also struggled with the pressure of fame and suffered from alcohol and drug addiction. Friends say he found peace and seclusion in the gardens, often retreating there after stressful fashion shows.

The designer was born and raised in the then French colony of Algeria and found something familiar in Marrakesh when he and Berge arrived there in the late 1960s.

Morocco inspired some of the daring color combinations in Saint Laurent's creations -- orange with purple, pink with red -- that earned him a reputation as the designer with the best color sense of the 20th century.


"I remember we used to drive up to the mountains near Marrakesh," said long-time Marrakesh resident Bill Willis, a close friend of Saint Laurent who designed his villa.

"We would see Berber peasant women carrying their bundles of firewood who wore the most wonderful color combinations -- he inspired himself a lot from that."

The city's peasant lifestyle amid opulent town houses also helped inspire Saint Laurent's ethnic look that became popular with hippies.

At the height of the free-wheeling 1960s, he and Berge would entertain friends at their Marrakesh palace, including Saint Laurent's muse Loulou de la Falaise and Talitha Getty -- the fashionable wife of John Paul Getty -- who died of a heroin overdose in 1971

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More than 100 guests including French former culture minister Jack Lang and fashion designer Paloma Picasso joined the private ceremony at the garden where bulbul birds sang in the trees and sunlight bounced off pools of cool water.

Saint Laurent and long-time companion Pierre Berge bought the Majorelle Garden in 1980 and gave a new lease of life to its cobalt blue walls and lily pools standing among cacti, bamboo, palms and agave.

Today its quiet pathways and small museum of Islamic art are popular with tourists dazed from visiting the city's narrow, dusty streets crowded with donkey carts and beeping mopeds.

"I am very happy that he chose Marrakesh, this magical place, to rest for eternity," Lang said.

Saint Laurent was credited with changing forever what women wore and was the first designer to make luxury labels accessible to a wider audience through innovative read-to-wear collections.

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"I knew last year that the brain tumour was terminal, and thus I knew he would leave and I would be alone," Berge added.

Berge will also be cremated and his ashes scattered next to his partner's when he dies, he revealed.

Guests enjoyed a lunch in the shaded canopy of exotic trees after the ceremony.

"Pierre Berge's idea to scatter Yves Saint Laurent's ashes in this country, which he loved above all, in this gorgeous and magical house, is a beautiful idea, and somehow it is a fitting way to be reconciled with his death," Lang said.

The Majorelle garden is home to flora from five continents, with 350 species, including a superb collection of cactuses, plants, palms, bamboos and ferns from Latin America.

"I will always treasure one dinner he gave," said TV anchorwoman Chazal. "It was very intimate. He was on top form. At the same time it was a little sad, because he was already a little bit aged, but you could still see the twinkle in his eye, because he had so much humour and compassion."

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Saint Laurent, who reshaped fashion in a career that spanned four decades, died June 1 of a brain tumour at the age of 71, with his funeral in Paris on June 5 attracting the elite of the fashion world, friends and celebrities.

Algeria-born "YSL" spent much time in Morocco, and Berge said at his funeral: "He will stay there in a country that influenced and marked him greatly. He will end up in the Maghreb where he was born."

"I've always thought Parisien cemeteries were sad and deserted. Here there are 650,000 visitors every year. The name of Yves Saint Laurent is so connected to Morocco and the Majorelle garden that it went without saying we would choose this location, so that people can spare a thought for him," Berge added.

The memorial column in the garden bears a white marble plaque with the words: "Yves Saint Laurent, designer, Oran 1/8/1936 Paris 1/6/2008."

Saint Laurent, who was born in the Algerian town of Oran, fell in love at first sight with Marrakech, known as the "pink city", 40 years ago, long before it became fashionable.

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That was followed by a second ceremony at the Majorelle botanical garden that Saint Laurent and Berge acquired in 1980 and has become a popular tourist attraction in the Moroccan city.

"We scattered the ashes in the rose garden of his private home because he went there often over 30 years, and we have placed a pillar in his memory in the Majorelle garden, because Yves Saint Laurent and I, we gave it new life when it was supposed to be destroyed to build a hotel," an emotional Berge, the designer's lifelong professional and personal companion, told AFP.

Some 88 people went to the designer's home for the ceremony, including former French culture ministers Renaud Donnedieu de Vabre and Jack Lang, television presenter Claire Chazal, as well as former employees and nurses who cared for Saint Laurent.

Even his dog, Moujik, was there.

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But Badgley Mischka's Cruise 2009 collection, which designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka presented on Tuesday afternoon, June 10, during an intimate runway show in their New York office, epitomized glamour on the high seas, particularly the kind that might be found sunbathing on a yacht in a Riviera harbor circa 1955. Grace Kelly and her mid-fifties films "Mogambo" and "To Catch a Thief" inspired the collection, said Badgley, but a disco-era Grace - Jones, that is, would be another apt comparison, with all the criss-cross chiffon halter neck and lamé gowns making up the bulk of the duo's signature pieces. The collection's daywear section opened with a series of tropical prints in lush colors like jade, grape and mango adorning a cowl neck chiffon dress, a bikini and a raincoat. Smart, tailored safari jackets followed, along with a couple of leopard print pieces

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"The Love Guru" tells the tale of Guru Pitka, an American raised by Indian gurus who returns to the U. S. to begin a self-help business. His first challenge is to help a pro hockey player get back on track; that plot line explains why Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood made the red-carpet trek with the Stanley Cup in tow at the premiere. Leave it to Myers, a lifelong hockey fanatic, to incorporate his passion for the game into his flick.

The actor, who spoke to reporters earlier in the week about the new film, revealed that "The Love Guru" actually came from the same source as his "Austin Powers" movies.

"My father passed away in 1991," Myers recalled. "Two things emerged from that creatively. One of those was 'Austin Powers'. That was a tribute to my father and all the British comedy that he'd introduced to me during his lifetime and my lifetime and the other thing that emerged was the Guru Pitka. In 1994 I did a stage show where I did five characters. I did Austin Powers for the first time. I did the Guru Pitka for the first time too. The Guru Pitka was me kind of dealing with his death."

But don't get him wrong; "The Love Guru" is definitely a comedy, not a drama