Wild funny unpredictable things happened when I was setting up interviews for LOULOU & YVES. Worried about what I might uncover, Loulou’s failed “business manager,” career fashion hopeful @arielderavenel
, phoned around Paris in a panic pleading, “If this guy [me] calls you, don’t see him!” It always backfired. Imagine my surprise when the fortune-hunter #francoismariebanier
opened his door to greet me, and the first thing he said was, “The only reason I agreed to see you is because that woman asked me not to.” I don’t know if it ever got back to her, but she must have felt pretty foolish if it did. François was as tight with Yves as anyone in the 70s, when he and the decorator @jacques.grange
made such a disturbingly beautiful couple, and when François was also hitting on #thadeeklossowski
, as Loulou’s future husband confided to his diary: “My entire life will be changed if I allow myself to love him,if I acknowledge this feeling .” François takes pictures, but it’s the Opium perfume question that is still debated after all these years. #pierreberge
disputed his claim that he named the YSL fragrance, dismissing François as a “pseudo writer but a real arriviste”; his defenders say it all boiled down to Pierre not wanting to pay him for the name. Later François put the moves on Hélène Rochas, who sent him packing, before moving on to bigger game: L’Oréal’s Liliane Bettencourt, whose worth, combined with 3 family members', was $38 billion when she died in 2017 at 95. The year before François emerged victorious from a legal battle with Liliane’s daughter, drawing a 4-year suspended prison sentence for elder abuse (the nonagenarian confused francs with euros), and with his boyfriend (not Jacques), mere fines of €525,000 against gifts from Liliane of €210 million, give or take €10 million, because of the sliding value of the Picassos, etc. Read all about it in LOULOU & YVES, and slide to see the gargoyle François became.
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