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Feature: New York Time Style Magazine – 27 Jun 2018

An Astrologer Weighs In On Saint Laurent’s Anthony Vaccarello

By Guan Tan, 27 June 2018

 

Credit: Felicia Yap/ Instagram.com

 

“In your natal chart, Yves Saint Laurent, the ten main planets are distributed as follows — the three most important planets [are] Jupiter, Venus and Mercury,” wrote an astrology website to the Parisian fashion designer. There were many achingly poignant points in this report: “With a prominent 10th house, your destiny’s achievements may be very notable: the 10th house represents your career, your public life, and your ambitions.”  The report continues to deliberate Saint Laurent’s romantic life, “once you find your soul mate, you feel more comfortable and, if the harmony with your partner is rich enough, you may stay with [him] your whole life through.”

He did just that, and Saint Laurent passed on the 1st June 2008, leaving an indelible footprint on the global fashion industry, women’s lives, and his long-time partner, Pierre Bergé. And till death did they part.

Famed fashion designers have been extensively studied from an astrology viewpoint. Amongst them — Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, Gabrielle Chanel, and Christian Dior who strongly believed in his astrology.

In this sense, astrology is a subject which maps out the planetary alignments of a person’s birth time (or natal chart) and the life that ensues. The link between planets’ movements and human life has long been shrouded in mystery. When questioned, a Singapore-based astrologer explained it in broad terms, citing the significant amount of “energy” imbued in a human at his time of birth comes from the planets. The astrologer is, perhaps, referring to the elementary particle called neutrino — a particle that made news this year for its potential to explain the universe’s state of materiality. This subject of research has been picked up by astrologers to explain the link between the material bodies of this universe — the planets and the patterns of life that occur within. On that train of thought, individuals look to astrology to make sense of their lives — stringing the haphazard events of life together in a logical, predictable and explained manner.

Credit: Astrotheme, A proposed natal chart of the late Yves Saint Laurent.

 

Likewise, in the fashion industry, astrologers map out fashion designers’ birth charts for fans and on-lookers to make sense of their creative intentions. Fashion designers seem to unpredictably hop from inspiration to inspiration, and style to style. Why? Surely there is a skeleton of logic behind all these creative works.

Case in point is, perhaps, the 35-year-old Anthony Vaccarello who sits atop of the Saint Laurent pyramid. He currently serves as the fourth creative director — following in the footsteps of Alber Elbaz, Tom Ford (where Hedi Slimane tenured for three years), Stefano Pilati, and Hedi Slimane, all of whom left their own fingerprints on the brand’s identity.

Vaccarello showed his first full-fledged Spring/ Summer 2019 Men’s collection earlier this month, and it was reminiscent of the artistic language of his predecessor, Slimane. The clothes were cut narrow, the sleeves ended prematurely, and the waistlines crept high up the torso. Instead of showing the collection in the Parisian hometown of the brand, he decamped to New York City. While there were speculations that Vaccarello made the move to increase the visibility and publicity of his show, the designer said otherwise in an interview: “I like change and surprise… even to surprise myself and not be in that whole routine of always doing the same thing.” And Vaccarello’s behaviour was aligned to the forecasts of his astrological birth chart.

The designer was born on the 4th September 1982, and his birth time remains unknown. On this day, the sun was in the Virgo position, which makes him a Virgo as we know it. It also happened to be a full moon that day, which sat directly in opposition to the sun, in the Pisces position. It gave rise to a striking polarity in Vaccarello’s life — he is pragmatic and enjoys control over quotidian routines like a Virgo would, but the Pisces side of him enjoys flow and fantasy. “The intention that he wants [to achieve] is at odds with what he needs to feel secure. When the sun is in Virgo, he is detail-oriented — practical details. But his moon says, “I want to do the imaginative things which are not practical,” Singapore-based astrologer May Sim, founder of Selfstrology, explains.

Credit: Saint Laurent, Look 3 from the Italian-Belgian fashion designer, Anthony Vaccarello’s Spring/ Summer 2019 Men’s collection for the Parisian house of Saint Laurent.

Credit: Saint Laurent, Look 60 from Vaccarello’s Spring/ Summer 2019 Men’s collection for Saint Laurent.

 

Taking things further, Sim looked at the position of Saturn — which was in conjunction with (or positioned beside) Pluto on Vaccarello’s birthday. It tells us that “his normal default style is controlled in the sense that there is a structure to it… However, doing that is his comfort zone. He’s trying to get away from that.” The signs hint that Vaccarello looking for something more imaginative and less structural in his work and life. “What he is uncomfortable is a more relational, imaginative way — books, history, personal imagination. But that is his holy grail. And that way is not easy for him. Fantasy and imagination are the exact opposite of control. This is his personal journey as well. He himself as a person is trying to let go and go with the flow.”

The planet Venus was in Leo, and it was squared (at 90 degrees) to Mars, which was in Scorpio. This resulted in a tension — “two parts of himself don’t quite work together. Venus in Leo is showy.” Mars in Scorpio, however, expresses masculinity in a discreet manner. “They express masculinity that has a sexy [element].”

The sex factor has always been a blatant fraction of the Saint Laurent business. In 1971, the late Yves Saint Laurent himself posed naked for a campaign image for his fragrance. When Tom Ford took over the reigns, he released yet another campaign of a naked Sophie Dahl for the release of the Opium perfume in 2000. Last year, Vaccarello launched a campaign of model Binx Walton dressed in a “nip-slip” dress. While he takes after his bold predecessors in the womenswear department, it seems like Vaccarello may take a reserved seat for his menswear line — hence the commercially pragmatic, trial-and-tested Slimane-like Saint Laurent Men’s Spring/ Summer 2019 collection which he presented earlier in June.

Credit: Saint Laurent, The final walkthrough in Vaccarello’s Spring/ Summer 2019 Men’s collection for Saint Laurent.

 

Sim continues, “Mercury was in Libra, unaspected at square Nodes.” By unaspected, it “means that the planet was not [mathematically] connected to any other planets — it was not in line.” This could be translated to his work, where Vaccarello’s artistic ideas “is often at odds with society. His work is neither conventional in a formal way nor comfortable in a more personal way. The work merely stands as a piece of art in its own [right] —  as an idea of beauty.”

The above also gives context to why Vaccarello designed those hip-high slit dresses that he did at his namesake brand, which he founded in 2008. Vaccarello once clarified that he did not see these dresses as flamboyant and sexy. Instead, they were structural and architectural. He was giving space and lines at the right places. When model Anja Rubik wore one of these dresses to the Met Gala in 2012, the tabloids picked up on it and dubbed the dress “infamous” — the general public perhaps found Vaccarello’s concept of beauty a tough nut to swallow.

Tension and conflict seem to run through his internal and external lives — the very same tension that makes him the person who is capable of standing by his notions of beauty in womenswear and menswear.

Yet, that is not all. More is to come from Vaccarello — Mercury was not the only planet that was unaligned. On that day, Jupiter was out of line too. “It’s quite unusual. It’s rare for someone to have two unaspected planets,” Sim ponders. An unaspected Jupiter tells of a Vaccarello that many might have yet to see. When circumstances arise and call for him to make a stand, “people will be surprised by how strong his ethical points are. He may surprise people by suddenly showing his very strong benchmark [in life].”

For the original article, see: https://tsingapore.com/article/astrologer-horoscope-weighs-in-yves-saint-laurent-anthony-vaccarello-fashion-designer
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Valentine’s Special: Venus in Your Chart

Venus – the goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity.

How do you act when you’re in love? Heck, what gets you to fall in love in the first place? May talks about how the placement of Venus describes your approach to the game of L.O.V.E.

Note: These descriptions are not for your Sun signs, they’re for your Venus signs. Don’t know your Venus sign? Try going to www.alabe.com/freechart to generate your chart for free, or email me here with your birth details and I’ll be happy to email you a copy of your chart.

Venus in Aries

Why They Love You: You’re outgoing and you sparkle at social events. Chances are, your creativity in artistic pursuits paints you as an exciting and active personality! You’re passionate in love and romance and people won’t be left in any doubt that you’re totally into them – and who doesn’t want to be wanted?

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: Whoa, did that woman just come on to me? Competitive, direct Venus in Aries has no qualms about making the first move, but pssst… sometimes guys lie when they say they want the woman to take the initiative *hint*. Other times, though, your affections are impulsive  and unstable – the fire doesn’t burn steady for long

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): You like strong, independent, physically active types. You don’t even mind if she’s a bit loud – after she’s just so full of life it’s hard to keep quiet about it. Be sure you bring enough of your own fire to the relationship – she expects it of her man.

 

Venus in Taurus

Why They Love You: Steady and loyal, you would rather attract than pursue your loved one. You have a developed sense of touch, so they love it that you’re so physically affectionate. Beauty is a major factor of your self-expression – you always make sure yourself, your home, your office, looks good, and that can be really attractive.

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: All that beauty doesn’t come cheap: your expenditures can get high and in extreme cases you could be high maintenance. Emotional security is so important that if it ever get threatened, you could be possessive and jealous. Comfort is #1 for you, if a relationship isn’t comfortable anymore, you’ll seek it elsewhere, but you won’t leave your relationship because you don’t like change.

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): Taurus is about beauty in physical form – little wonder a pretty face does wonders for this guy and if he’ll admit it, so do boobs (physical structure, beauty, geddit?) But it’s not just sexual attraction, cos the Venus in Taurus guy is looking for someone who’s gonna be a good child-bearer of his.

 

Venus in Gemini

Why They Love You: You’re witty, social and conversational, and people are drawn to your agile mind and intellect. You’re an expert on artistic expression, especially if it involves word play or jokes with puns. You’re so easy to approach because you’re friendly with everyone, and you’re not difficult to talk to cos you never run of out words. For that reason you’re also probably king/queen of whatsapp flirting.

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: So many choices, so little time. Relationships sound so restrictive because you can only pick ONE. Eventually you do settle on one, but you can’t always help that wondering eye because all these yummy alternative options keep showing up! You secretly think life would be easier if you all just remained friends.

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): I’ll say this for these guys – they have original tastes. Venus in Gemini men aren’t into your body (yes they do get distracted by the curvy ones sometimes… but), they are actually into your brains. Their lady should be a witty conversationalist, and instead of the Scarlett Johanssen type, they probably prefer the athletic, skinny types. A perky and outgoing (even tomboyish) personality also turns them on.

 

Venus in Cancer

Why They Love You: You’re the marrying type – financial and domestic security – what’s not to like? Your homes are beautiful and comfortable, so partners truly feel like they’re home when they’re with you. You also like home-based dates (movies at home, dinners at home), so that means your date can usually save some money (hee hee). You’re probably a good cook or are maternal in some way – perfect if he’s looking for a mother of his kids.

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: You’re sensitive, and this means you get easily hurt. Emotional reactions can be unpredictable, and less patient partners won’t have time to get over the sulks. You want a family, and tension can build if the partner isn’t ready for that level of commitment.

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): Your tastes are more traditional, and perhaps more real. You’re not interested in glamour, in fact you see plenty of beauty in homely types (though she scores major points if she’s booby). Between slightly overweight and skinny, you’d probably pick the former. Between a good cook and a brainy woman, you’ll choose gastronomic security every time.

Venus in Leo

Why They Love You: You’re a lover of life, and appreciate the drama that goes with it. Expensive, lavish parties are your forte and people come forth to bask in your warmth. You know just what to do to get the admiration and attention of others. Romance and courtship comes naturally to you, and partners who make an effort in this regard are seldom disappointed by your reactions.

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: There’s a snobbish streak just under all that sunny warmth, and if at any time your partner isn’t someone you’re proud to show off, beware the diva. You’re undoubtedly the king/queen, but even your loyal subjects deserve appreciation sometimes, and you can’t expect royal treatment 24/7. You’re incredibly loyal though, and sometimes won’t let go of a relationship even if they break up with you.

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): Polished is the word. If a King searches for his queen, she’d better look the part, and you’re sensible enough to know that au naturel doesn’t get her there, so you prefer the made-up, dressed-up types over the homely kind. You like to entertain, so she gets extra points if she knows how to orchestrate the royal procession – with you at the head of it of course.

 

Venus in Virgo

Why They Love You: You have great appreciation for the intellectual and work achievements of others, so hard-working and competent people gravitate to you. People might as well get used to hanging out in your workplace, because you spend so much time there, and also because it’s more comfortable than your actual home. You’re very helpful and know how to offer just what is needed from you, plus you’re also very open to improvement tips from others.

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: We know you’re trying to help by pointing out where they have room for improvement, but nobody likes hearing where they’re not perfect. When it comes to manners, personal appearance and hygiene, most people are slobs compared to you.

*On occasion a Venus in Virgo persons shows up to be the exact opposite – promiscuous, or they’re terrible slobs. If you’re one of them, I’d like to study your chart – please email me here

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): You like the quiet, bookish types who look like competent librarians, because the more dressed-up ones seem impractical and flighty. Beware – if you go for people who seem kinda lost, make sure you’re not in it cos you just wanna fix them.

 

Venus in Libra

Why They Love You: You’re beautiful, and marriage, social relations are extremely important to you – romantic opportunities tend to follow accordingly. You need a lot of harmony, so you seldom start fights or disagreements. Fairness is important to you, so you’re happy to carry your side of responsibilities for the relationship.

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: When blissful harmony is affected by disagreements, you tend to go along with things just to restore the peace. Be careful of compromising your values, because that’s never a long-term solution. Also you like partners to be real smooth in public situations – and not all guys can meet your standards of ‘refined gentleman’.

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): Pretty faces. Gets you every time.

 

Venus in Scorpio

Why They Love You: Hot smouldering sexuality is your hallmark, but really, your approach is passionate and once committed, there’s almost nothing you wouldn’t do for your partner. Actually the ones who get attracted to you can’t always explain why – they’re just lured in by your magnetism.

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: When passions run so high, sometimes you don’t operate on reason anymore. Betrayal and jealousy kick in sometimes, mainly cos you take love and romance so seriously. On occasion you get upset enough to cut others off entirely – eliminating the possibility of reinstating your relationships. You find yourself getting emotional BDSM – it’s almost as if love without pain isn’t love.

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): Mysterious, silent, controlled, powerful, confident. You can’t resist sexy ladies dressed in black.

Venus in Sagittarius

Why They Love You: You’re honest and open with your relationship – your principles and ethical standards are never compromised, though unusual relationships don’t scare you. You enjoy travel, and it’s not unusual for you to find romantic partners while on your travels. If your date is adventurous, they won’t be disappointed cos you’re willing to try all kinds of activities.

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: For people who are so otherwise open-minded you can be incredibly pig-headed when it comes to beliefs (sometimes religious, sometimes not) – be careful of imposing your belief systems on your partners. In another sphere, you believe in honesty, but the bluntness is sometimes too much for others to handle. Signs that are more sensitive (read the whole article for clues) will feel unloved by you.

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): The carefree wild child is your girl. Athletic is in, fat is tricky. You have strong sexual stamina ad you wanna make sure she can keep up.

 

Venus in Capricorn

Why They Love You: You know the right behaviour in almost any situation, so you’re seldom socially awkward. Capricorn rules the bones, and you’re typically blessed with a classic facial bone structure which confers a beauty that lasts well into old age. Significant age gaps between you and the partners aren’t uncommon, so partners don’t have to worry on that account. You’re a steady partner because you take responsibility seriously.

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: Your standards are high when it comes to prestige; lesser mortals may feel keenly that you’re not too impressed by them. The emotional types may also find difficulty connecting to you emotionally, with the complaint that you’re too professional and cold in your approach. Venus in Capricorn types sometimes don’t feel that they can start a relationship until their careers are on track.

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): A woman who’s worthy of queening your empire, of course. You like traditionally classy girls, and definitely can’t resist a girl in a smart business suit. If you have a boss or secretary who fits the bill, that’s the one you want. Having said that, when you’re stressed out at work, almost anyone looks attractive to you.

 

Venus in Aquarius

Why They Love You: You sparkle and you bubble and your sense of fun is unconventional – consequently you also seem to like ingenious or eccentric people. Romantic partners should be friends first and foremost.

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: Freedom is a biggie for Venus in Aquarius, and won’t tolerate partners who get jealous or possessive easily. Your loving nature is unpredictable and it’s possible that attractions can happen as well as disappear suddenly. Marriage can thus be hard to sustain, but Aquarius being a fixed sign, is capable of commitment if the partner is someone they truly respect.

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): Unique, strange, quirky – they work best for you.

 

Venus in Pisces

Why They Love You: Romantic and sensitive, you believe in true love, and won’t allow anyone else to tell you otherwise. You’re highly capable of sympathy and that’s why you’re the consummate nice guy.

Why Love Gets Rocky Sometimes: You need clear demonstrations of love and affection from others, else you feel lonely and disappointed. Your sympathetic nature sometimes attracts those who take advantage of you. The extreme fear of rejection means you hesitate to risk expressing your feelings, so you suffer your love in silence, hence missing romantic opportunities. Take care that you don’t indulge in maudlin sentimentality for lovers who are undeserving of your devotion.

Who’s Your Venus (If You’re A Man): You like softness, sweetness, even neediness – as long as she’s the epitome of femininity. Robustness and aggressiveness not required; in fact you’re more attracted when she’s not very confident.

 

Disclaimer: Each person is more than just a Venus sign, a myriad of factors determine how one operates. An astrologer will need to put degrees, houses positions and aspects into the mix to get a full picture of how anyone operates in relationships.

That’s Part 1 of my Valentine’s Special… stay tuned for Part 2 ‘Mars in Your Chart’

Questions? Or if want to get a clearer look at your natal chart, contact May at [email protected]

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