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A Designer’s Vision of Romance: Yves Saint Laurent’s Love Cards

13 February 2015

A Designer’s Vision of Romance: Yves Saint Laurent’s Love Cards

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Yves Saint Laurent’s Love Cards have come back for those with an artistic side that are tired of cheesy and tasteless Valentine’s gifts.

Back in the 70’s, Yves Saint Laurent created and sent these graphic card for 30 years until 2000!

And contrary to what the cards appear to be, a clear proof of love, they were actually not Valentine’s cards, but ones that greet the New Year.

The cards show hand-crafted collages featuring colorful graphic, the word “Love” and the year it was created. The main symbol of them seems to be the snake as it appears in numerous models and it comes as no surprise as we all know that snake leather was one popular material in the French designer’s collections.

Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent's Love Cards | Image Source: www.marahoffman.com
Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent’s Love Cards | Image Source: www.marahoffman.com

The inspiration for the Love card collection actually came from everything that surrounded the designer and was very dear to him. There is a card that features his long time partner, paintings of his bulldog Moujik by Andy Warhol. Others reveal sun and palm trees that commemorate the artist’s love for his native land, Algeria.

But the thing about these cards is the message itself: simple, clear and tasteful. If you think about it, they’re actually an image of Yves Saint Laurent’s entire work in the industry in fashion as he is well known for his elegant graphic clothing and clean cuts.

Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent's Love Cards | Image Source: www.vogue.com
Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent’s Love Cards | Image Source: www.vogue.com

So it should be no surprise that work pieces like these are timeless!

And just to be clear that even the most minor work of this genius was never forgotten, a collection of dozens of his Love Cards were reissued in France yesterday and they are going to have an official U.S. release in the nearest future!

Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent's Love Cards | Image Source: www.vogue.com
Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent’s Love Cards | Image Source: www.vogue.com

So, maybe they won’t arrive in time so that everyone can get one and give away a tasteful gift for their lover on Valentine’s Day, but after all, they’re an artistic masterpiece for a reason, right?

If there’s something missing from the romantic day you’ve planned with your lover, this is it – a personalized card for your artistic souls and Yves Saint Laurent’s Love Cards are the inspiration you were waiting for.

Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent's Love Cards | Image Source: www.vogue.com
Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent’s Love Cards | Image Source: www.vogue.com

Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent's Love Cards | Image Source: www.vogue.com
Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent’s Love Cards | Image Source: www.vogue.com

Better start crafting that card and surprise your lover, keeping the designer’s notes really close. After all, there’s nothing more romantic and classy than a French vibe on Valentine’s Day!

And the best part is that they’re not only a good choice for V-Day, but a great every day reminder for your significant other that you love and think about them.

Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent's Love Cards | Image Source: www.vogue.com
Designer Romance: Yves Saint Laurent’s Love Cards | Image Source: www.vogue.com

Are you going to recreate one of Yves Saint Laurent‘s Love Cards?

Which one?

Tell us in the comments below and don’t forget to share it further!