In 1999 the brand was acquired by the Gucci Group and Tom Ford was appointed to be in charge of the ready-to-wear line, and Yves continued with the Haute Couture collections. Finally, in 2002 he announced his retirement. "I am proud to have created the wardrobe of contemporary women and to have been part of the transformation of my time, fashion is not to make a woman beautiful, but to encourage her and to give her confidence."
At 8:36 p.m. on January 22, 2002, the Pompidou Center opened its doors to begin the final parade: a summary of Yves 40-year career. All his friends and muses were there. Catherine Deneuve and Laetitia Casta sang Ma Plus Belle Histoire d'Amour, and Yves, with tears in his eyes, was cheered by his guests.
His aesthetic vision has been reinterpreted by the designers who succeeded him: Stefano Pilati, Hedi Slimane and Anthony Vaccarello. His life inspired the creation of two museums, one in Paris and the other in Morocco. Two biographical films sought to portray his genius and vulnerability in 2014.
A millionaire auction of his extensive art collection was the motivation for a documentary. And there was a demonstration by store Colette after the name change, made by Hedi Slimane to the brand, erasing the Yves. The protest was made with t-shirts – there Is not Laurent without Yves.
Its history was full of numerous public successes and private sufferings. And 10 years after his death, the words "I am an inventor, very different from all those who have preceded me", from one of his favorite poets, Arthur Rimbaud, could be the epitaph suitable for the greatest revolutionary that fashion has seen.