Not one but two films about the late Yves Saint Laurent are in the works and there will likely be legal action. Both films are set to debut later this year. One, entitled Saint Laurent, has reportedly received the go ahead from Kering founder François Pinault (Kering, formerly known as PPR, owns YSL). Pinault has granted director, Bertrand Bonello, the right to use the French design house’s logo and various garments in the company’s possession. The other film, Yves Saint Laurent, which was directed by Jalil Lespert, is not without merits, as YSL co-founder Pierre Bergé has signed off on the project. Bergé has also given Lespert access to nearly 5,000 dresses, 15,000 accessories and 35,000 sketches.

Bergé has publicly stated that he “holds the moral rights over YSL’s work, his image and mine and have only authorised Jalil Lespert.” Lawyers for the house’s co-founder (who is also president of the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation) responded to communications from Bonello, forbidding him from exploring Saint Laurent’s private life on film, as well as using his image or any Saint Laurent creations. Bonello’s film reportedly addresses the “dark side” of the flamboyant designer, a man of “absolute excess,” during his rapid rise to fame from 1965 to 1976. More to come …