YVES FOREVER: Catherine Deneuve still has chills when she thinks about designer Yves Saint Laurent’s last show, held at the Centre Pompidou on Jan. 22, 2002.
“It was an extremely difficult moment for everyone involved,” said the French actress, speaking to journalist Loïc Prigent during a talk given at Christie’s Paris, where Deneuve will be putting her Yves Saint Laurent collection up for auction on Jan. 24.
Yves Saint Laurent and Catherine Deneuve
“At the end of the show, I got up from my seat with Laetitia Casta and we sang a song together. Yves had no idea this was going to happen. He was already very emotional, but I could tell he was really shaken. A lot of models were crying.”
Photos from that evening show Saint Laurent gripping Deneuve’s hand. Prigent asked the actress how the designer had reacted once his very last show was over.
“He seemed a bit lost,” she replied. “He knew what was happening, but I think he hadn’t really realized yet. We didn’t mention it. In moments like that, you talk about something else. I think we just chatted about where we were going to have dinner.”
Out of all the clothes the designer ever created for her,