Yves st Laurent. Pret-a-Porter show. Paris 1974/75

In the early 70’s I shot the collections for Anne Boyd fashion editor at the The Observer (London) newspaper .Legendary  photographer Bill Cunningham  snapping YSL muse Loulou de Falaise just after the show .Held in the YSL salon the models had to weave through a series of small rooms packed with the international press,buyers and celebrities.Thats Paloma Picasso clapping as the show finished .The chap with the moustache is the much loved Antonio Lopez (major fashion illustrator) . In front of him is Lauren Bacall.

The final garment would be a wedding dress. Always a magnet  for the photographers.

To the left of Lauren Bacall is Betty Catroux another YSL muse and just behind her (before the now trademark demi -pompadour and International Hearld Tribune byline) sits Suzy Menkes.To Suzy’s right is Ann Chubb another British newspaper fashion writer.

Yves st Laurent would walk through and take a bow . In the background Bill Cunningham waits to grab a shot of him on the return circuit
Ann Boyd the writer  and my ‘ boss’ for The Collections Week with a blond bob, front row to the left of YSL’s’ shoulder.Betty Catroux gives Yves encouragement  .

B C is arranging a picture opportunity .

He has 2 Olympus Pen  1/2 frame bodies and his regular 35mm film camera. Always wearing a black skivvy under a black cotton jacket.

The chance of coming to the of the roll ( 36 frames or 72 for the  Pen) at a crucial moment  was a source of concern for photographers.In the background B C checks his camera.

More 70’s bob haircuts .