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This Happened—January 29: Yves Saint-Laurent Becomes A Star


On this day in 1962, the famous fashion designer presented his first personal couture collection in Paris at just 26 years old.

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What was special about Yves Saint-Laurent’s first show?

The show attracted the rich and famous, including the Countess of Paris, Princess Anne, the Baroness de Rothschild, Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmaire, Geneviève Fath, Françoise Sagan, and various high-profile members of the fashion industry. Historically constrained by a severe silhouette, the female form disappeared under layers of clothing throughout his designs. The first piece that was presented, a pea coat worn with white pants, was called “the most beautiful collection since Chanel” by Life Magazine that season.

How did Yves Saint-Laurent get his start?

After working for Dior in his early adult life, he enlisted in the army. Upon his return, and after a lawsuit with Dior, he went his separate way along with his then partner, Pierre Bergé. Together, they started the Yves Saint Laurent YSL fashion house with funds from American millionaire J. Mack Robinson.

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What's Driving More Venezuelans To Migrate To The U.S.

With dimmed hopes of a transition from the economic crisis and repressive regime of Nicolas Maduro, many Venezuelans increasingly see the United States, rather than Latin America, as the place to rebuild a life..

Photo of a family of Migrants from Venezuela crossing the Rio Grande between Mexico and the U.S. to surrender to the border patrol with the intention of requesting humanitarian asylum​

Migrants from Venezuela crossed the Rio Grande between Mexico and the U.S. to surrender to the border patrol with the intention of requesting humanitarian asylum.

Julio Borges

-Analysis-

Migration has too many elements to count. Beyond the matter of leaving your homeland, the process creates a gaping emptiness inside the migrant — and outside, in their lives. If forced upon someone, it can cause psychological and anthropological harm, as it involves the destruction of roots. That's in fact the case of millions of Venezuelans who have left their country without plans for the future or pleasurable intentions.

Their experience is comparable to paddling desperately in shark-infested waters. As many Mexicans will concur, it is one thing to take a plane, and another to pay a coyote to smuggle you to some place 'safe.'

Venezuela's mass emigration of recent years has evolved in time. Initially, it was the middle and upper classes and especially their youth, migrating to escape the socialist regime's socio-political and economic policies. Evidently, they sought countries with better work, study and business opportunities like the United States, Panama or Spain. The process intensified after 2017 when the regime's erosion of democratic structures and unrelenting economic vandalism were harming all Venezuelans.

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