YSL Touche Éclat, 20 Years Young
The Fall 2010 shows in Paris remain one of the city’s best offerings in recent memory, which has less to do with stellar presentations from the usual suspects (lest you’ve forgotten, that season was Marc Jacobs’ And God Created Woman T&A runway extravaganza for Louis Vuitton) and more to do with the YSL exhibition that opened at the Petit Palais that March. Put on by the Fondation Pierre Bergé, the internationally renowned retrospective covered 40 years of Saint Laurent’s work, from 1962 to 2002, showcasing some 250 garments, objects, drawings, photographs, and films that colored the designer’s prolific career. Two years later, the event arrives stateside for its grand debut at the Denver Art Museum this weekend—which we thought a prime time to remind anyone that needs reminding that aside from the couture pieces and the dedicated film wardrobes he designed for actresses like Catherine Deneuve, Yves Saint Laurent’s lasting legacy includes the highlighting concealer to end all highlighting concealers. The house’s legendary Touche Éclat turns 20 this year, and while the red-carpet staple won’t be getting its own temperature-controlled glass display in Denver, we thought it deserved a showcase of its own. Here, as the brand rolls out five new half shades of the wonder product—one of which is sold every ten seconds—eight celebrity makeup artists send love letters to the oft-imitated but never duplicated, one-and-only click pen.