July 7, 2005
From the names you never thought you'd see together department . . .
by Dennis Johnson
A brief fashion report on Fashion Wire Daily gives a new twist to the idea of literary influence. As Godfrey Deeny reports: “It was fitting that in a week when French cable TV was featuring the movie version of William S. Boroughs‘ The Naked Lunch, that we should see the latest men’s collection from Yves Saint Laurent, whose inspiration was a key character in the novel and film.” The “inspiration” in question was, apparently, Sheltering Sky author Paul Bowles, whose “spirit . . . wafted through [Saint Laurent’s new] collection, helping to create some very classy clothes albeit in an uneven collection.”
Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives