Sophistication and fun are not often associated. Now, those unlikely bedfellows have been brought together by Arsenal Pulp Press in adult coloring books celebrating the works of Yves Saint Laurent and Jean Cocteau. Saint Laurent was fashion’s original enfant terrible, taking over the house of Dior at 21 and striking out on his own at 25. Many of his original sketches serve as templates, with corresponding photos to help colorists re-create (or reinterpret) images from signature collections inspired by pop art, Mondrian, Morocco and Spain.
Cocteau, a designer, novelist, poet, playwright, filmmaker and illustrator, also inspired designers with his whimsical, dreamlike style. His book has charming drawings of cats, fish, a rooster and selections from his iconic posters, including one for his best known film, La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast) from 1946. So grab your colored pencils and let the fun begin.
By David Denicolo | Originally published in Watch! Magazine, December 2016.